In her bold directorial debut, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird excavates both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn) fights against, but is exactly like, her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts, The Lovers) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
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Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director
Q&A filmmaker Greta Gerwig with JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Monday, Nov. 20 2017, 7:30
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Greta Gerwig recently starred in 20th Century Women, Jackie, Wiener-Dog, and Maggie’s Plan. In 2015, Gerwig starred in Mistress America, a comedy she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, after their previous collaborations Frances Ha (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress) and Greenberg. Other film credits include To Rome With Love, Lola Versus, and House of the Devil.
“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.”
“You want to give thanks for how wonderful it is, how wise and funny and full of grace.”