Solo directorial debuts from established film stars tend to be greeted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Not so in the case of Greta Gerwig, as from the looks of things the Frances Ha and 20th Century Women actor has delivered a confident and substantial first feature behind the camera with Lady Bird.
Saoirse Ronan plays a headstrong young woman from northern California – the self-named “Lady Bird” of the title – who is on the cusp of adulthood and uncertain about what the futures holds for her. We see her rowing with her parents (Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts), shooting the breeze with her best friend (Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges) and hooking up with a boy (Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet), all while questioning what the best version of herself is.
Gerwig, who also wrote the semi-autobiographical script, is taking her film to the Toronto International Film Festival this month for its international premiere, and we’ll be publishing a first-look review from the festival very soon. Indie distro godheads A24 are releasing Lady Bird on 10 November in the US, and hopefully we’ll see it picked up for UK theatrical release in 2018.
Published 5 Sep 2017
By Nick Chen
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