I’ll be seeing it a second time with my husband because even though it’s billed as a “gentle romantic tale,” it fundamentally about courage, letting go and in doing so, finding yourself. It’s been nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress. It takes place in 1952 in a townland in Wexford County Ireland. A young woman is living with her mother and older sister but has no future there. Like so many before her, she finds herself on a boat to America, leaving all she knows and not knowing if she’ll ever see her family and friends again. “How long does it take a letter to get from Ireland?” she asks someone who knows. “A very long time,” is the reply.
I don’t want to tell you anymore about the plot; it’s lovely to watch it unfold on the screen and in the face of its star, Saoirse Ronan.
This is a movie that needs to be watched on the big screen so you can really appreciate the Irish landscape. There are no car chases, special effects, good guys and bad guys — just real people struggling with real decisions about the course of their lives and the lives of those they love. Fortunately for us and the movie, they do it with grace, honesty and humor.
Showtimes at the Edmonds Theater:
Fri: 4:00, 6:30, & 9:00
Sat: 6:00 & 8:30
Sun: 2:00 (w/captions for the deaf and hard of hearing), 4:30, & 7:00
Mon-Wed: 4:00 & 7:00
Thu: 4:00 & 6:30
Ends Thursday, Jan. 21
Nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan).
— By Maggie Fimia