With indie movies becoming increasingly popular among mainstream audiences, gems like Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird continue to surprise and warm the hearts of Americans.
The film chronicles the coming-of-age of high-school senior “Lady Bird” (Saoirse Ronan) and her struggle to make peace with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and hometown. Lady Bird’s youthful story is universal; as the film progresses, she pursues romantic love, resists her mother, and wrestles to balance new friends with old.
Lady Bird is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Reflecting the difficult social and political climate during which it aired, the movie is definitely a story of contention and heartbreak, but it is also a story of compromise, love, and new beginnings. The flawlessly natural way in which Saoirse Ronan brings to life this tale is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
Lady Bird, like all of us, is simply struggling to make life work for her, but, also like all of us, it takes her quite a while. In the end, though, her story reminds us that suffering is temporary as much as it is universal.