Comedy Drama

'Lady Bird' TIFF 2017 Review: A beautiful, funny and sincere coming-of-age story

September 20, 2017Ferdosa Abdi

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, is a beautiful, funny and sincere look at a young woman’s transition to adulthood that owes much of its charm to Gerwig’s sensibilities as a storyteller and Saoirse Ronan’s brilliant performance as the titular character.

A coming-of-age story that will stand the test the time, Gerwig’s multilayered script centers on 17-year-old Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan), but also incorporates issues like closeted teens, depression, sexuality, parental responsibilities and becoming an adult. Lady Bird is a well-constructed portrait of the transition to adulthood and the various relationships and situations a young woman will face in these vulnerable years of her life, and Ronan — with her unlimited range — proves once again that she is one of the best young actors working today.

The relationship between Lady Bird and her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), is the crux of the film, and Metcalf and Ronan excel at depicting the difficult and beautiful moments between their characters. Suffice to say, Gerwig has already proven herself a talented writer. Now, with Lady Bird, she's proven to be a director to watch too.

Lady Bird is receiving its international premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations / Next Wave programmes. Its runtime is 1 hr. 34 min.

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