A joy of a learning curve about a daughter and mother.
Years ago, my mother introduced me to The Godfather (1972). Years later, I introduced her to Lady Bird. Watching both with her helped me to feel these films until I at least began (or felt i began) to understand them.
If you’ve ever been sitting next to someone who gets a scene, when you perhaps don’t, then you’ve felt the shift in the seat, heard the sound one makes, that my mother did during the dress shopping scene (via Vanity Fair):
Between Greta Gerwig‘s writing and direction (which is all about feeling and specific presentations of it), the fantastic Laurie Metcalf (with whom, as has been proven time and again over a long and amazing career, you can never go wrong), and the radiant Saoirse Ronan (who, as cemented with their work together on Little Women soon after this, could not be a more perfect muse for & collaborator with Gerwig), it’s a joy of a learning curve to be on.
Now You See It looks at ways in which Greta Gerwig, in Ladybird, and other “outstanding filmmakers approach the female experience in different ways“:
This Directors Guild of America (DGA) discussion with Greta Gerwig and other top Hollywood directors is long, but incredibly revealing about the way each works with actors, as well the ways that even top-level, maximum-budget filmmaking, is still about creative problem-solving and working within restrictions: