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Little Women

Director Greta Gerwig
Country USA
Year 2019
Rating G
Running Time 135
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From The Booth

Little Women

Directed by Greta Gerwig

USA 2019 | 135 minutes

Rated G

 Over a century after Little Women’s publication, Simone de Beauvoir attributed much to the novel’s “brusque and bony” intellectual, Jo. After watching Greta Gerwig’s cinematic rendition, it should become clear to audiences why the signature March sister — portrayed by the inimitable Saoirse Ronan — helped the Parisian existentialist catch “a glimpse of [her] future self” from all the way across the pond. Gerwig’s Jo is likely to inspire a similar amount of confidence amongst many of those in the present, especially those who — like Alcott’s emblematic and brusque writer — admonish its shortcomings in the hopes for something more. Indeed, the likes of Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth (the latter three played by Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, respectively) are contemporary characters whose lives have been unearthed by Gerwig, shot by Yorick Le Saux, and scored by Alexandre Desplat in a way that captures many of the social shortcomings of the past for those who live resiliently today. In addition to highlighting the ubiquity of certain systemic inequalities involving gender and class, Gerwig and the company use 19th-century domestic life in order to set the stage for a surprisingly modern drama that demonstrates the radical potential of community, friendship, and artistry. Highly Recommended. - Joseph, Cinema Staff