This morning, A24 dropped a trailer for Lady Bird, the directorial debut of beloved mumblecore/indie actress Greta Gerwig, starring perpetual Oscar contender Saoirse Ronan. Get your jokes about Lady Bird Johnson out right here, folks. We can wait. We’ve seen every episode of King of the Hill too.
To be completely honest, we haven’t watched this trailer yet, but we’re putting here for you to if you want to. Why, you might ask? Well, because we’re seeing it in a matter of days at Toronto International Film Festival, and we want our eyes to remain fresh and unmanipulated by the marketers. Expect a review soon!
We’re pretty excited to see this one: Gerwig’s a formidable talent (just look at her collaborations with Noah Baumbach, Joe Swanberg, and Mike Mills for proof of this), and she’s also an excellent writer, having co-written her two most notable works, Hannah Takes the Stairs and Frances Ha, so it’s fitting that she’s finally stepping behind the camera. Ronan looks brilliant as always, though it feels strange to think that her breakout role in Joe Wright’s Atonement was only 10 years ago — how time flies! We’re also stoked to see more films set in the early aughts; it’s a fertile time that we don’t really know how to explore just yet given how heavily recent it still feels.
Anyways, here’s a synopsis from the A24 website.
In ‘Lady Bird,’ Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Lady Bird hits theaters on November 10. Featured image via trailer screengrab.