Greta Gerwig Talks ‘Lady Bird’ at the New York Film Festival

For “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig went back to her roots. She wrote the script for the film, which also marks her directorial debut, about her hometown, Sacramento, Calif. Filming there, she said, felt like “coming full circle.”
“If I could explain an idea to you it will make a bad movie,” Gerwig said at the New York Film Festival premiere of “Lady Bird” on Sunday. “I have to have a little bit of mystery and stumble my way toward it. I had worked on the script for a couple of years and this is the story that seemed to be emerging, this mother-daughter tale that felt like a fable to me that took place over a year, which is about home coming into focus when you’re leaving. As soon as I was done writing it, I thought, I think I should direct this.”
The film, which premiered internationally at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan. Ronan plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a rebellious high school senior whose unwillingness to conform to her mother’s (Metcalf) ideals causes the two to butt heads.
Unlike the main character she envisioned, Gerwig was not at all a rebel in her teenage years. “I

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