April 21, 2018

Opening Up the Oscars: "Lady Bird"

04 March 2018, 02:01 | Clyde Nash

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Lady Bird is a deeply personal story for director Greta Gerwig. In turn, Lady Bird will yell at never wanting to speak to Marion but also defend her parenting to outsiders who say anything otherwise.

"You're watching this person figure themselves out", Ronan responded.

The Co Carlow babe, nominated for her third Oscar for Lady Bird, will be accompanied by mum Monica at Sunday's event with dad Paul staying home. "We found old VHS tapes of [theatrical] shows Greta did when she was in high school plus a video of an Oscar party she had with friends", MaryAnne Kelly, the school's director of advancement, told the paper. Lady Bird's box-office earnings ($47.3 million; Gerwig made the movie on a $10 million budget) are proof that, if done well, both women and men will come out to see movies from a female perspective, and those experiences can be universal. You see the hurt in her eyes when she learns that Lady Bird told her boyfriend she's from "the wrong side of the tracks", and feel the inherent love as she watches her daughter sleep. As a result it feels as if Lady Bird is telling this story in nostalgic retrospect, recounting the highs and lows of a transformative year that felt like it was over before it had ever really begun. Sister Sarah Joan asks. Dialogue around the LGBT community was stifled in the Catholic community in 2002, the year the movie is set. If Marvel can have its own cinematic universe, why can't there be the Greta Gerwig Sacramento Universe as well? The movie commands empathy for both characters throughout, tugging the viewer towards Lady Bird's point of view at some instances and Marion's in others. Because of all her frustrations, she does not know how to handle her daughter and is always considered the "bad one", in comparison to her husband. "I'm lucky to find collaborators and kindred spirits".

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As the film develops, it becomes apparent that as an act of defiance against her parents she prefers to call herself "Lady Bird" - a nickname "I have given myself, given to me by me", she bluntly admits.

But check out what Lady Bird has going for it at the Oscars: five nominations that include acting, directing and writing nods, potent backup for a Best Picture contender. His limited screen time as Lady Bird's drama teacher, is enough to pack in the gravity and suffering of being a man of the cloth whose faith falters for mysterious reasons.

"Senior year burns brightly and is also disappearing as quickly as it emerges", Gerwig said. Intimate and astutely crafted with undeniably complex and well-rounded characters, the film is a delight from beginning to end.

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