NPR 4 THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t


FRESH AIR: Actress Greta Gerwig has made a career starring in movies about quirky women. She played a driftless dancer in Frances Ha and a punk photographer in 20th Century Women. Now she’s written and directed her first film, an exploration of mother-daughter relationships called Lady Bird. “I don’t know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter,” Gerwig says. “It has a tremendous amount of love — and a tremendous amount of angst.” Gerwig felt Hollywood wasn’t giving mothers and daughters the screen time they deserved, so she set out to change that. Her new film stars Saoirse Ronan as a high school senior who renames herself “Lady Bird,” in part as a rejection of the name her mother gave her. Though the main characters argue about everything from choosing a college to prom dresses, neither is presented as the villain. Instead, Gerwig says, she wanted the audience leaving thinking, “Oh man, it’s so hard to love people and to be in a family.” MORE