Ireland, early 1950s. Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is a young woman working in a grocery shop. She has greater ambitions and moves to Brooklyn, New York, leaving her mother and sister, Rose (Fiona Glascott), behind. She is terribly homesick but eventually settles down, finding a job, studying to be a bookkeeper and meeting a nice young Italian man, Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen). Things are going well, but then she learns that Rose has died, and decides to return to Ireland, temporarily. She and Tony hastily get married, and then she sets off back to Ireland, alone. Life is about to get complicated.—grantss
The city of Brooklyn, New York in this movie was actually shot in Montreal, Québec for budgeting reasons, as the production was unable to turn 2015 Brooklyn back into 1950s Brooklyn. Only two days of production were spent in Brooklyn, one in order to create the brownstone exterior shots, and a second to film at Coney Island.