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LADY BIRD, the Greta Gerwig directorial gem


No one will ever be able to smoothly navigate their relationship with their mother. Girls, especially. It's complicated, a lot of times unfair, and altogether festering with feelings we don't fully understand for most of our lives. Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig tries to portray the complicated ways of a daughter-mother relationship.

Lady Bird is Gerwig's directorial debut. So far, you've probably seen her in a myriad of indies, such as Mistress America, Frances Ha, Wiener-Dog, Maggie's Plan. She's the girl next door, the teacher that pours her soul into her work, the whimsical artist or the lover turned wife of Ethan Hawke. She's one of those easy-going actresses, but she's definitely not everyone's cup of tea.


"“Lady Bird” is indie darling (and one-time mumblecore muse) Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, and the character is basically her, 15 years younger and played by Saoirse Ronan, sporting a vampire-red rinse and a face full of acne (both signs of its attention to detail). Early Telluride reactions seem particularly impressed that such an accomplished film could be anybody’s first, although those who’ve been following Gerwig’s career surely saw it coming: She’s been starring in, co-writing and even co-directing smart, soul-baring dramedies for more than a decade. The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real." (Variety)


"So while Lady Bird is neither really a rebel (she has only modestly dyed hair) nor a proponent of an explicit cause, she is determined to assert herself sufficiently to continue her search for what she wants in life and not capitulate to the limitations her worn-down mother tries to impose. This makes her mild-mannered, now professionally sidelined father a more interesting character than he looks to be at first. Whereas Marion, for all her faults, is an obvious take-charge type, Larry has lost any say over any matter due to his protracted joblessness. But Lady Bird clearly loves her dad, and he ends up having rather more to do with how his daughter's life proceeds than does her hard-charging mom. Both Metcalf and Letts are superb in their roles. Although Lady Bird is less original, there's still a sense here of the urgency of youth, of being as-yet unformed and of impulsive impudence that call to mind Francois Truffaut's 1959 classic The 400 Blows. It certainly seemed that one was learning a great deal about Gerwig herself while watching her presumably self-revelatory performances in her films with Noah Baumbach or, before that, in her collaborations with Joe Swanberg (the two shared writing and directing credit on Night and Weekends in 2008)." (The Hollywood Reporter)

For the film's soundtrack, Greta Gerwig wrote a bunch of letters to her favorite artist as a teenager, and asked them to let her use their songs. First up, here’s the letter to Timberlake, in which Gerwig calls Timberlake’s song “Cry Me a River” “sultry and sullen and infectious”, and tells Timberlake she’d like to include the song in a “full on make out” scene where star Saoirse Ronangets and the object of her affection get “hot and heavy by the tanning bed.” (via Slashfilm)


Then, there's the one she sent Alanis Morissette.


There's no doubt, even after just watching the trailer that Lady Bird is a deeply personal project, so give it a chance because not many people are able to truly put themselves out there.

"The idea that attention is a form of love (and vice versa) is a beautiful insight, and in many ways it’s the key to “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s beautiful, insightful new film, the first for which she is solely credited as writer and director. Ms. Gerwig, a Sacramento native and member of her heroine’s generation — the movie takes place mostly during the 2002-3 academic year — knows her characters and their world very well. Her affection envelops them like a secular form of grace: not uncritically, but unconditionally. And if you pay the right kind of attention to “Lady Bird” — absorbing its riffs and digressions as well as its melodies, its choral passages along with its solos and duets — you will almost certainly love it. It’s hard not to." (New York Times)

Watch the clip below.

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Related:   Maggie's Plan, Frances Ha, Mistress America, Lady Bird



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