In some respects, the Brooklyn that Eilis encounters is not so different from Ireland.
The boarding house in which she is living is like an outpost of the country, presided over by the caustic but humorous Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters).
Her fellow lodgers are single women, in a similar predicament to herself.
Her main contact is Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), a kind-hearted Irish-American priest.
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Eilis' free-spirited sister Rose (Fiona Glascott) and her mother are all that keep her in Ireland.
Even so, when the opportunity comes to leave, it is a tremendous wrench.