Senior high school Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson yearns to go to a prestigious college away from California. Meanwhile, her hardworking and loving mother, Marion McPherson, resents her for being ungrateful.
The film debuted on September 1, 2017, at the Telluride Film Festival. It was theatrically distributed in the U.S. by A24 on November 3, 2017. Lady Bird won great acclaim from its audience and several critics for its screenplay, direction, performance, with the National Board of Review, American Film Institute, and Time Magazine dubbing it as one of the top 10 films of 2017. It also earned nominations and awards from different award-giving bodies. The film earned Gerwig nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards. At the same ceremony, Ronan and Metcalf earned nominations for Best Actress and Best Actress in a Supporting Role respectively. Gerwig worked on Lady Bird’s screenplay for five years under the working title Mothers and Daughters. Contrary to popular belief, Gerwig has confirmed that Lady Bird is not semi-autobiographical and is not largely based on her experiences. However, she does not deny that the themes in the film bear semblance to the core truths she holds dearly. Gerwig revealed that she met with Ronan at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. She had Ronan read the part of Lady Bird. After just two pages into script reading, Gerwig already reached a conclusion that Ronan was the perfect fit for the lead role. Ronan was officially offered the role in January 2016. Metcalf was cast after Gerwig saw her previous theatrical experiences.
about the movie
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith, Lady Bird is a 2017 coming-of-age comedy-drama film penned and directed by Greta Gerwig. The film is set in 2002, in Sacramento, California.