Lady Bird

"Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are tremendous in Greta Gerwig’s moving and gloriously funny film" ★★★★★ Guardian

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Growing up; loving and learning to let go; mothers and daughters; it's all there in actor Greta Gerwig's first foray into writing/directing.  It's a wistful, funny, semi-autobiographical story, bound to appeal to mothers of daughters, daughters, and anyone who ever had a mother...

Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is a spikey, individualistic teen who doesn't really fit in at her California Catholic high school.  She has a best friend who she is vaguely competitive with, enjoys a couple of almost-romances, and aspires to escape her mundane SoCal life to a liberal, artsy college in the East, in spite of not being academically inclined ("yet," as she says).  Her controlling mother (Laurie Metcalf) - also passionate but burdened by Life and Responsibilities - has probably forgotten what it's like to have your Future an invitingly blank page still ahead of you.  Gerwig's script revels in the troublesome teen she obviously was at the same time as she shows rueful understanding of her mother's challenges.  It's classy, classic stuff.  You'll laugh (a lot), possibly cry (a little), and you'll leave the cinema feeling like you've found a couple of new friends!

We're rooting for this one at the Oscars.  There's stiff competition, but we are very pleased that Gerwig is representing so much under-exposed female talent in the film industry.  Watch out for her in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories.  (And also keep an eye on Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, for Ronan and Metcalf!) 


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94 mins

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