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.
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
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
Honestly, "Lady Bird" caught my eye months before it even came out. As a fan of smaller, 'slice-of-life' indie films, this seemed to have just the right amount of quirkiness...and I have to say, I wasn't let down.
Christine, AKA Lady Bird is a prolific 'half-outsider' living in Sacramento and (presumably) forced to go to Catholic school. That's really it - the movie tracks her life, her circle of friends, and simply her day-to-day thoughts and activities. Yes, she can be perceived as self-absorbed, but lovely Saoirse Ronan plays her with a sense of genuineness that is just impossible not to like. Lady Bird may be pricklier than other teen protagonists but she's real, and Ronan carries the film, alongside a wonderful performance from Laurie Metcalf who plays her mother.
I did go into this movie expecting the understated, though certain scenes did strike me as 'too' understated. I also thought that Lady Bird's love interest storylines were a bit unrealistic, (ie: moving too fast) but all in all, it's fiction, and for what it's worth...it really had me feeling that movie magic. I don't think there's any higher praise than that.
Bravo, Lady Bird!
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