In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
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Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.
It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson is a high school senior from the "wrong side of the tracks." She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. LADY BIRD follows the title character's senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college. Written by
When they were shopping at the (Sacramento) Thrift Town, the metal hangars on the racks that are shown, were not used back then, they have only been used in the last three years or so.
Also the 'sale' signs with 30% and 50% off on the dressing room doors, have only been recent in the last few years. Back in 2003 there were not signs like that. See more »
I was absolutely enthralled by this film. "Lady Bird" is a great look at the life of a teenage girl, with an earnest approach to storytelling that I appreciate greatly. The performances are what really sell this film- particularly that of the family unit. Saorise Ronan and Laurie Metcalf have such great chemistry in this film, and the reality in their performances are the basis for the film. Most coming of age stories that focus on a girl are about romance- about romantic relationships during the adolescence of the protagonist shaping her view of life and love in some way. And while there are elements of this in the film, that's not the focus. The love story is that of the mother and daughter, and is incredibly well done. Lady Bird's relationships with each member of her family (father, brother, and her brother's girlfriend) lend great shape to her background, so when we observe her outside of this setting, we understand so much more. The way this script is written is also so natural- scenes just kind of start or just kind of end, like we're being dropped in and out of the middle of things, and it feels so incredibly natural. It's shot pretty well, rather standardly, but there's still an interesting approach here and there, and it is very well directed.The way this film addresses all it's themes is so well done, it never comes across as preachy or moralistic- it's just life. Elements like Marion's work as a mental health professional, Lady Bird's first relationship (and how it ends, that scene at the coffee shop really sold me on this film), and especially the element of the catholic church really inform all of the influences on Lady Bird. The catholic school that Lady Bird attends isn't some harsh, unforgiving place, it's a realistic portrayal of the setting. The faculty at the school, particularly Sister Sarah Joan (Lois Smith) and Father Leviatch (Stephen Henderson) are friendly, kind, understanding people, and are complex characters, even though their roles are minor. The way that the drama club is utilized is so true of a high school drama club (as an actor, I can tell you that that audition scene was spot on), and is just another element that fills out the world of the film so well. As far as misgivings, I only have two main issues with the film. I think that the character's are played a little too young for the high school seniors they're meant to represent. This often happens when you have older people playing high schoolers, but I genuinely think that some of the attitudes and ways of thinking of these characters is closer to a high school sophomore or junior than a senior, but that's honestly a nitpick. The biggest issue is the use of a cliche we've seen in every high school movie- the "leaves best friend for the popular kids, only to realize that they aren't great friends after all, only to reunite with the best friend a short time later." This really could have been handled better in some way. Although it really doesn't bring it down too much for me. I really adored this film and can't wait to see it again, and I highly, highly recommend it. 9.5/10
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