Magazine June 13, 2016, Issue

Youthful Longings

Emory Cohen and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight Pictures); Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton in Sing Street (The Weinstein Company)

If I were running a film festival on the social history of the 20th century (I know, I know, the lines would be around the block), I would pair Brooklyn, last year’s widely praised adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel about an Irish immigrant girl in 1950s New York, with Sing Street, John Carney’s new bildungsroman about a teen rock band in 1980s Dublin.

In certain ways these movies tell similar stories: There’s youthful romance, a significant older sibling, the urge to escape Ireland for the bright lights and big city, even a crucial dance in a church hall with watchful clerics

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