Ronan shines in subtle masterpiece

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

25th February, 2018
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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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