Lady Bird

March 7, 2018

If you think there’s nothing left to see that’s unique or exciting in a coming-of-age film, you’re in for a fine surprise. The vibrant, witty melancholy Lady Bird, played brilliantly by Saoirse Ronan, –shows us that no genre is played out when imagined with fresh eyes.

Lady Bird, the name she gives herself, is a senior at a Catholic high school in Sacramento. But, in her heart she wants to break free of her constricting school and family life and move to New York City, a place of boundless freedom, art and culture.

The main dynamic in the film is the tension between the daughter, Lady Bird and her mother, Marion, a psychiatric nurse working long shifts to support her family. Marion is a fiercely practical and opinionated woman with serious economic and societal concerns. She has little patience for her daughter’s independent, artistic ambitions. And Lady Bird, while wanting to break free and follow her artistic ambitions, is full of the mixed emotions that are part of the teenage years.

Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the film, has created a poignant, funny and heartfelt story about the bittersweet transition from adolescence to adulthood.

U.S.A.
English
Rated: 14A
93 minutes
4 - 5:33 & 7 - 8:33

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