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|Original title:||Little Women|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 135 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
In America in the middle of the 19th century At the beginning of the 20th century, the four March sisters Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) grow up in a society in which gender roles are clearly defined. But especially Jo, who dreams of becoming a writer, does not want to be forced into this social corset. She does not want to marry and would rather lead a self-determined life. Meg on the other hand dreams of starting a family with the right man. Amy, on the other hand, is pursuing a completely different path and would like to become successful as an artist in Europe. When the neighbour boy Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) appears in the life of the Marches, not only Amy is very taken with the young man. Jo's attitude towards life is also put to the test…
"Little Women", the popular novel by Louisa May Alcott, has been adapted for television and cinema several times. One of the most famous film adaptations ran in the cinemas in Germany under the title "Betty and her sisters". And only recently, a three-part mini-series was created based on the book. Although she adheres closely to the basic structure of the story, Greta Gerwig nevertheless manages to gain new sides to her version of "Little Women". Narrated from the perspective of Jo, an alter ego of the author, Gerwig focuses on the feminist aspect of the story even more than previous film adaptations. She does this not only through the dialogues, but also through the way she portrays the sisters - and especially Jo. How the young woman with skill and a sharp tongue gets a publisher to publish her texts is not only brilliantly played, but also wonderfully written.
The ensemble is very well cast, even in small supporting roles. Whether Saoirse Ronan, who already inspired in Gerwig's "Ladybird", Emma Watson or in a small supporting role the as always wonderful Meryl Streep - it is simply a great pleasure to watch them. Also in terms of equipment, camera and music this film is great cinema. It all sounds great and it is - with a few small deductions in the B grade. For it must also be said quite frankly that Gerwig does try to present her adaptation in a modern, clever and somewhat non-conformist way. In the end, however, her "Little Women" has also become very conventional cinema, which doesn't really break new ground.
That's not too bad, because the story and the actors and actresses are so strong that it is hardly noticeable in a negative way that the staging sometimes feels a bit too much effort. If you just want to get intoxicated by amusing dialogues, great emotions, beautiful costumes and great actors, then this movie is absolutely the right choice for you. There's a very clear case for that: Absolutely worth seeing!
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