Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn in the 1950s is sumptuously captured in John Crowley’s wonderful story of an Irish immigrant trying to choose between two lands.

Saoirse Ronan is a pure delight as Eilis, who gets a job in New York and quickly falls in love with blue-collar worker Tony (Emory Cohen), a charming Yankees fan with eyes set on marriage. When family tragedy calls Eilis back to Ireland for a spell, she’s forced to decide between Tony and Jim (the ever-so-busy Domhnall Gleeson), a hometown boy who is also trying to win her over.

The film does a splendid job of depicting an immigrant’s life, from the woozy boat trip to the derogatory remarks in diners. Ronan finally gets the role she deserves, and will certainly be a front-runner for an Oscar.

Crowley has not only put together one of 2015’s best-acted films; he’s also turned in one of the best-looking ones, and the score is a true winner.

This is a great movie for anybody looking to experience a little bit of New York history in a truly romantic way.

Brooklyn is playing at theaters across the valley.