Sunday, December 31, 2017

3. Lady Bird

Lady Bird, a film by actress-turned-writer/director Greta Gerwig’s autobiographical coming-of-age drama, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson played by Saoirse Roman is a Catholic high school senior who longs to escape her frustrating lower-middle-class in Sacramento for East Coast college life. Set in 2002, her story is one of romantic ups-and-downs—with both Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet playing romantic suitor and familial tension, the latter felt in her strained relationship with her mother played by Laurie Metcalf. There’s nothing Earth-shattering here, but Gerwig’s script has a sharp sense of time, place and the roiling emotional turmoil of its protagonist, whose attempts to carve out a mature identity are authentically messy. 

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