“Lady Bird”: A Not Ordinary Teenage Story

Lady Bird is a nice, unpretentious movie and very easy to relate to. It shows the struggles of a teenager in the end of high school and all the anxiety that comes along if it: boys, losing her virginity, the relationship with her parents, being accepted at a good college etc. 

Christine (Lady Bird’s real name) is played by the already well-known Irish actress, Saoirse Ronan, whom brightly brings life to the main character. She received her third Oscar nomination for Lady Bird, after Brooklyn (2015) and Atonement (2007).

Lady Bird was written and directed by Greta Gerwig and it’s a little bit like an autobiography. The story is placed in 2002, when Gerwig  was also 17, at Sacramento, California, where she grown up and attended to a catholic school. She also directed Frances Ha (2012) and Mistress America (2015). In addition, Lady Bird insured a women’s fifth nomination for the Oscar of Best Director in the history. Since 1927, four women were nominated and only one won – Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker.

What to expect?

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Lady Bird has honest dialogues, conversations that feels real and forceless. An awesome interaction between Saoirse and Laurie Metcalf (Sheldon’s mother at The Big Bang Theory), who plays Christine’s mother; too much teenage drama – especially about the sexuality discovery; moments of loving and hating the characters in different parts of the story and a lovely picture of Sacramento, the city that the main character wants to escape desperately to go to a place with more culture – like New York, as she says.

Oscar nominations

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Lady Bird received 5 nominations to the 2018’ Oscar. Besides Best Actress and Best Director, it is also competing in Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Script and Best Movie. 

Saoirse Ronan won for Best Actress at the Golden Globe this year and Greta received the award for Best Comedy or Musical Movie, also at the Golden Globe. However, she was left out of the Best Director nomination at the ceremony, which caused a small controversy with Natalie Portman’s protest, who announced all the male directors nominated at that night.