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Here’s Why Lady Bird Considers Her Tempered Mother “Warm”

June 02, 2020 – Riane Capalad

It had me the first time—safe to say I was held captive by its charm. I dared to watch it a second time and just fell deeper in love with the film, so captured that I named my car after it. (For real!)

Director Greta Gerwig’s masterpiece inspires “modernism” in a broader sense which is similar from the early 20th century writers who modified traditional plot structures of narratives and experimented with changing perspectives. By means, she continues to relive moments that gives meaning and unity in modern society. Lady Bird (2017) is a film about a Sacramento middle class high-schooler in 2003 who struggles with a conflict between a disapproving mother and a lifelong dream. The craft playfully idealizes a ‘coming of age’ journey and is funny and warm at heart. The light humor adds a fulfilling touch that is carried throughout the film.

Gerwig’s endeavor into the solo directorial debut film led her to be the first female in eight years to be nominated for ‘best directing’ at the Oscars. The setting landed on Gerwig’s modest hometown—California’s capital, Sacramento, where standard perfection was absent yet it was justified cinematically.

And of course, her deep sense of appreciation overshadows dull moments as she turns banality into something artistic. As typically evident in Greta’s work, including her adaptation of the March sisters on her second film, Little Women, she proves consistency of her ability to bring out the best in her characters. Now, the evolving directress takes on taboos and sets the standard by highlighting the concept of women as film writers, directors, and producers.

Wild at heart with passionate eyes, Lady Bird (LB) madly searches for her youthful individuality that is almost comparable to the lady in red— full of fire and warmth.

“Well, you can’t be scary and warm,” Lady Bird replied to Danny, a sexually confused teenage boy, who described her mother, Marion, as scary. Somehow, these words expressed by the defiant star reveals a deeper context than we know of, demanding that her mother is “actually” warm. Christine McPherson, her real name, is a juvenile rebel insisting to be called ‘Lady Bird’ (“Given by me” –LB), yet fiery of her willingness in moving to the east coast. Every teenager deals with confusion in different ways, the movie portrays another perspective of a ‘rebel’ that doesn’t necessarily mean ‘a bad person’.

LB hopes to become a writer, opposing her passive-aggressive mother’s wishes where she believes that she must pursue something else in order for her to be the best version of herself.

Their mother-daughter relationship that is shown pierces the audience’s understanding in interpreting adolescence period in both parent and children’s point of view in a much organic narration. Even with Marion’s temper and overly meticulous judgments, Lady Bird still describes her mother as warm. Despite their miscommunication and parallel opinions, she never saw Marion as a ‘monster’. She believes that her mother’s punchy personality is as sanctimonious as her stubbornness. (Which Marion and Lady Bird find it hard to admit). Hence, both personalities shared, summons a world war fight in McPherson’s abode, for pride never bothers to show affection to each other.

With its humor and wit, one can never go wrong with the dialogue authentically inspired by Gerwig herself. It compliments a grander gesture of the cinematography and chosen cast as a whole. For one, Timothee Chalamet’s charm on the team, hit the spot as a nonchalant boy who doesn’t contribute anything but butterflies in the audience’s stomach.

Lady Bird successfully shown with its great authenticity the strife of a struggling artist who fearlessly dreams. In the end, her heartfelt voice-mail to Marion proves that she can move around her pride and truly appreciate an over solicitous mother’s love for her.

Let’s face it, we love our mothers no matter what.

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