An adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel, Brooklyn works well as a study of one girl’s resilience, but lacks the underpinning force to uphold interest. Her life in Ireland aimless, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) relocates to New York, where she falls in love with an assertive Italian-American (Emory Cohen) only to be pulled back to the comfortable simplicity of home. Front and centre is a beautifully tender performance from Ronan, who rises to the challenge as lead, capturing both Eilis’ vulnerability and inner conflict as her heart is pulled in two opposing directions. The script, however, merely drifts along, scant on drama and forward drive (though Eilis has a decision to make, it never feels in any way critical). This extends to the supporting turns. As solid as they are, they don’t add anything of particular note, other than seeing Julie Walters play the comic relief. All this means is that, while delightful and meaningful on a small scale level, the film relies too much on Ronan to provide depth. John Crowley’s direction is sensitive to the material in a way that sometimes enhances it, but more often than not draws further attention to the modest influence Brooklyn bears.