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Little Women (2019)

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Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

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Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Jo March
Emma Watson ... Meg March
Florence Pugh ... Amy March
Eliza Scanlen ... Beth March
Laura Dern ... Marmee March
Timothée Chalamet ... Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence
Tracy Letts ... Mr. Dashwood
Bob Odenkirk ... Father March
James Norton ... John Brooke
Louis Garrel ... Friedrich Bhaer
Jayne Houdyshell ... Hannah
Chris Cooper ... Mr. Laurence
Meryl Streep ... Aunt March
Rafael Silva ... Friedrich's Friend
Mason Alban ... Friedrich's Friend
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Storyline

In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Concord, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,755,310, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$107,167,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,255,226
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep competed in 2018 for many Best Actress awards, including the Academy Award, for their respective leading roles in Lady Bird (2017) and The Post (2017), but both lost to Frances McDormand for her leading role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). See more »

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Saoirse Ronan's natural Irish accent is sometimes momentarily audible when Jo is angry and shouting. See more »

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Marmee March: What is it?
Jo March: Perhaps... perhaps I was too quick in turning him down.
Marmee March: Do you love him?
Jo March: If he asked me again, I think I would say yes... Do you think he'll ask me again?
Marmee March: But do you love him?
Jo March: [Tearing up] I know that I care more to be loved. I want to be loved.
Marmee March: That is not the same as loving.
Jo March: Women, they have minds and they have souls as well as just hearts. And they've got ambition and they've got talent as well as just beauty, and I'm so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit ...
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Polonaise for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major, D. 580
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Not usually a fan of period dramas, but this one was great.
13 January 2020 | by Jeremy_UrquhartSee all my reviews

Lady Bird was great back in 2017, and on a recent rewatch, was somehow even better. A great directorial debut is always going to build anticipation for a follow-up effort, and thankfully, writer-director Greta Gerwig has hit it out of the park again, although with a very different effort that truly establishes her and her debut film as much more than a one-off or fluke.

Make no mistake though- despite being of a similar quality, this is a very different film to Lady Bird. It shares some cast members, and the editing style is similar at times too... I guess they're also concerned with young characters, but this one's set a century and a half earlier and is generally a more serious affair.

Coming into this, I was not familiar with the source material, nor am I much of a fan of period dramas. I was sceptical I'd like this, despite really enjoying Lady Bird and seeing how great the reviews for this were. So I was pleasantly surprised by how moving, entertaining, and beautifully shot this ended up being.

Most of the performances are absolutely fantastic. Wouldn't be surprised to see nominations for both Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh (who's has a fantastic year considering how good she also was in Midsommar). Emma Watson is perhaps less impressive, but she's far from bad, and her character is one that's perhaps more reserved and less emotional, the story providing less opportunities for more outward, showy acting, so I suppose in that way she's still quite good too.

I understand the non-linear editing here isn't present in the original novel, and I really loved it here. It's compelling and punctuates the emotional depth of many scenes, as they're contrasted and compared in interesting way with similar or different scenes, appearing in the past or future. It's never confusing either, largely thanks to a noticeable but not garish use of saturation for past scenes and non-saturated colours in the "present" scenes.

The only way I can fault the movie isn't even really a criticism- it's me not loving this genre, and therefore occasionally feeling slightly unengaged and not always terribly interested. Like I said, I usually avoid period dramas for this reason. Olden day problems, frustratingly repressed characters, snotty, upper-class characters, trivial squabbles and issues.... thankfully, none of those things are really present here. By the time the film finished, I felt good inside, and surprisingly moved, not at all regretting the two and a bit hours I'd spent in the cinema.

An 8/10 may seem low, but if I got a lot out of this movie, the people who are usually more interested in this sort of genre are likely going to absolutely love it. With this and Lady Bird under her belt, all I can say is that I can't wait to see what Gerwig makes next.


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