2 Golden Globes: Best film, actress
Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humour and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.
The kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own.
What Greta Gerwig has done — and it’s by no means a small accomplishment — is to infuse one of the most convention-bound, rose-colored genres in American cinema with freshness and surprise.
The NY Times
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mother, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Eighteen is a messy age. You think you’re an adult (you aren’t). You think you know better than everyone else (you don’t). You think every decision you make will impact your life forever (it won’t). As much as the character of Lady Bird outwardly presents herself as unique, she’s just like every other eighteen-year-old inside.
Lady Bird will take you right back to being on that fragile cusp of adulthood. The humour is honest and silly. Lady bird and her mum’s relationship can make you realise how similar your own relationship can be with your mum!! Not always easy to communicate but love is there. Even when it feels like the complete opposite.
USA 2017, 94 min, rated R13 (drug use, sex scenes & offensive language)
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein & Timothée Chalamet