Lady Bird


(out of 5)

 gives a bewitching performance as a teenager about to graduate from her Catholic school in conservative, colourless Sacramento, the California capital that, as the film’s opening tells us, Joan Didion once warned us about.  Ronan’s Christine has parents (, ) who are struggling financially, she loves her best friend (a wonderful ) but can’t resist the urge to drop her when the school’s most popular girl befriends her, and insists that everyone call her by her chosen, artistically whimsical nickname “Lady Bird”.  She’s desperate to get away from this city she finds stifling and believes her only hope for happiness is to get into a school located far away, but people continually give her a hard time about her ridiculously high expectations for success regardless of whether or not they respect her new self-identification, including the astonishingly good Metcalf’s harsh truths that will make anyone who has ever had a mother cringe in recognition.  What makes Greta Gerwig’s solo feature directorial debut, which she also scripted with tinges of autobiography, so magical is the way that the cruelest moments, particularly those between mother and daughter, also have generous helpings of humour and affection that never feel manipulated or sentimental.  The whole thing is remarkably funny, Gerwig has a spot-on instinct for what points of the story are worth keeping in and gets through a lot of narrative detail in a compact period of time without the whole thing feeling like one big montage sequence.

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USA, 2017

Directed by

Screenplay by Greta Gerwig

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Music by

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Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Female Lead (Saoirse Ronan)
Best Supporting Female (Laurie Metcalf)
Best Feature
Best Screenplay

National Board of Review Awards
Best Director (Greta Gerwig)
Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf)
Top Films

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf)


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