Ronan shines in subtle masterpiece

Deftly juggling characters and storylines, first-time director Greta Gerwig finds authentic laughs with subtle touches

25th February, 2018
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird

She’s preparing to leave her Catholic school at the end of the year and escape to a college on the East Coast, but her plan is threatened by poor academic results and her parents’ teetering finances. Her adoring teddy-bear father (Tracy Letts), with whom she shares a prisoner’s complicity, is about to lose his job. Her controlling mother Marion (Metcalf), with whom Lady Bird argues endlessly and bitterly, is a nurse who works double shifts...

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