The year before we graduate high school can often be described as trans-formative. Especially when we know that the last thing we want to do is going to college near home.
The new movie, Lady Bird, written and directed by actor/director/writer Greta Gerwig, is about Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan). Set in Northern California in 2002, Lady Bird is starting her senior year of high school and wants nothing more than to go to college out-of-town. She does not get along with her equally strong-willed mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf) and has a decent relationship with her father, Larry (Tracy Letts). As the year goes on, both Lady Bird will learn a few things about life and relationships.
I really enjoyed this movie. I enjoyed it because Lady Bird’s character arc and narrative feels universal. The struggle to find herself, the need to get away from home, the arguments with her parents, it all feels normal for a 17 year old girl.
I recommend it.
Lady Bird is presently in theaters.
Marriage, like anything worth fighting for, needs work. But what happens when the marriage goes south because neither spouse is willing to work to save the marriage?
In the new movie, The Lovers, Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracey Letts) are a married couple on the brink of divorce. Both Mary and Michael have settled into relationships outside of their marriage. Mary is seeing Robert (Aiden Gillen) and Michael is seeing Lucy (Melora Walters). Both Mary and Michael have promised their respective lovers that they speak to their spouse.
Then, out of nowhere the spark returns to Mary and Michael’s relationship and they are cheating on their lovers with each other. It soon becomes a game of how to see each other without arousing suspicion.
I really liked this movie. So much so, that it is my favorite movie of the year so far. It just feels real and the characters felt ordinary. Sometimes the best movies are not the ones where the characters experience something extraordinary, but movies about everyday people living ordinary lives. I also appreciate that both Michael and Mary are middle-aged, reflecting the reality that the possibility of romance does not end when we turn 25.
I absolutely recommend it.
The Lovers is presently in theaters.