Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Eagle Butte
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Lady Bird: a quiet coming of age film about the tug-of-war of family ties

Director: Greta Gerwig

Writer: Greta Gerwig

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Timothée Chalamet

Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill

Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) lives with her parents, adopted brother and his girlfriend.

Chritine and her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) have a turbulent relationship as Marion struggles to care for her families’ needs and the needs of her patients at the hospital where she works as a nurse.

The McPhereson family lives in Sacremento, California, a place clearly loved by Marion, and fiercely despised by Christine, who so badly wants to separate herself from her current life, that she calls herself Lady Bird and makes plans to attend a school on the East Coast.

This film focuses on character development more than climactic events.

Greta Gerwig shares the story of a young woman as she begins to understand the complexities of adulthood, and shares at the same time a peak into the world of her parents.

What is so exceptional about the way this film unfolds is that the Gerwig chooses key aspects of the characters and their daily lives to  reveal multiple dimensions to even minor characters without providing extensive backstory through narrative or intimitate and over0used dialogues that give one or more characters’ stories.

The truth of each character’s motives and outcomes are either revealed subtly in the film or left unknown, making the audience feel as if they have been a character themselves, getting to know each character for their flaws and strengths, making it a must-see for patient audiences.