There are no heroes, heroines, damsels or villains in Ladybird. Just people. Kids and adults.
Few films show their characters in such an honest light. Where people are flawed, selfish, average, and broken. And for that, 28-year old writer/director Greta Gerwig has achieved something wonderful. By creating something that is so uniquely her, something grounded and real.
“Sitting and waiting is such an awful way to live, but it’s a big part of being an actor. Creating projects is really what’s happening these days. The chance to participate in your own career is a lot more exciting than just hoping that it all works out.”
There are times in life, when we are the most cruel to the people we love. Where we act before we think, and speak before listening. Where we aren’t conscious of what we intend to do. And while we’ve all experienced these moments, to see them played out in front of you, like your own life, on a giant silver screen surrounded by strangers: it’s cinema re-affirming to us all that we already knew.