In her debut feature as a director, the face of new American cinema, Greta Gerwig, tells the story of a seventeen-year-old from a small-town family (Saoirse Ronan) trying to find her place in life. This truthful and witty picture has received five Oscar nominations.
Christine who coined the name Lady Bird for herself was born to a poor family—her mother had to work two shifts as a nurse to support her child and unemployed husband. She graduates from school and longs to attend a university in New York, but her family can only afford an agricultural college not far from home—in quiet suburban Sacramento, an hour’s drive from San Francisco. During her last summer at home, Lady Bird breaks the rules of her Catholic school, spends time with her best friend, joins a theater program, and dates boys. She then has to sort things out with her mother who wants her daughter to remove her rose-tinted glasses and start living up to her potential.
Greta Gerwig, now a star of independent American cinema, directed a film about her own youth, when her career aspirations were hardly taken seriously. The film turned out to be a deep, funny, and truthful melodrama about being true to yourself during the journey to adulthood.
Director: Greta Gerwig.
USA, 2017, 94 minutes.