Lady Bird. 2017. USA. Directed by Greta Gerwig. DCP. 94 min.
Lady Bird is Christine’s “given” name: “It’s given to me by me,” explains the self-assured 17-year-old, played with an understated, delightful precision by Saoirse Ronan. Self-assured and idiosyncratic she certainly is, but Lady Bird is also insecure and ready to conform. One moment she is sweet and thoughtful, the next she is vicious and self-absorbed. All these contradictions make her a fully fleshed-out personality, at once singular and relatable. Inspired by writer/director Greta Gerwig’s own experience growing up in Sacramento, her solo directorial debut is a finely crafted love letter to her past, one filled with imperfections, disappointments, joy, and love. Courtesy of A24 Films.