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Period-set love stories typically suffer from stiffness. The genuine emotions evoked by romance and heartache become muted under era-appropriate dialog and layers upon layers of Victorian-era clothing. Sometimes the stories themselves are so distant from the contemporary idea of courtship that a mishandled romantic subplot can feel completely unnatural, bearing no semblance to modern love. All the production design can choke the life out of a movie.
Thankfully, resonance is never an issue for Brooklyn, a new tender, ethereal film that blends a 20th century love triangle with the story of a young Irish immigrant coming to live in the United States.