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|Original title:||Lady Bird|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 95 Min|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) has had enough of her boring life. High school, the annoying family - Lady Bird has had enough of the routine. Her mother (Laurie Metcalf), with whom the 17-year-old regularly works against each other, gets to feel this. Lady Bird rebels at home where she can and tries everything to be accepted at a college as far away from her mother as possible. But this process of cutting the cord is more difficult than expected, because her mother is not yet ready to let her idiosyncratic daughter go…
With "Lady Bird" actress Greta Gerwig has also conquered the hearts of critics as a director. At the centre of her second directorial work, for which she also wrote the script, is a character that Gerwig usually plays herself. Due to her age she left this to Saoirse Ronan, but the typical Gerwig style is not only visible in the Lady Bird's outward appearance, but also in Ronan's playing. This may not be a real point of criticism, but it is the case that Gerwig moves in her absolute comfort zone here and therefore delivers little that really surprises. Her film is charming, funny, at times very clever and worth seeing except for the last 5 minutes, which are completely unnecessary. But the many awards and nominations that the film has received are not entirely comprehensible. There is simply too little that makes him stand out from the mass of similar US-Indie productions.
Now good, since this is said, I can now also join the usual hymns of praise that accompany the film. Despite some small deductions in the B-score, "Lady Bird" has become a very charming coming-of-age story, which is atmospherically filmed and very well played. Especially the sometimes overflowing cabal between mother and daughter are very pleasurable, but at the same time have an emotional component, which is very authentic and also quite moving. Here, but also in Lady Bird's relationship with boys, it becomes clear that behind her strong, somewhat serene appearance she is a normal, vulnerable teenage girl, who desperately seeks her place in life - and sometimes just beats around verbally.
A film about the pitfalls of growing up, about family and friendship - and all that (almost) without kitsch and pathos, but with well written dialogues and engaging actresses. Those who like American independent cinema will definitely love "Lady Bird". The fact that at the end you still have the feeling that all of this is somehow very familiar to you only marginally dims the entertainment value. That's what it's all about: Absolutely worth seeing!
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