"If you write a story about a young woman", a publisher advises Jo, "make sure she's married by the end. Or dead. One of the two." This was all that was expected of women in nineteenth-century America. But the four sisters in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women have bigger ambitions.

Following her sparkling debut, Lady Bird, director Greta Gerwig confidently tackles this literary classic with a fresh, contemporary vision. For her, it is a story of female aspirations, money and artistry. What's more, Gerwig – herself an actor – allows her first-class cast to shine: when the women are together, they tumble over one another in a happy tangle constantly bathed in the glow of a warm light. Separately, they are equally radiant: Florence Pugh is a revelation, and the irritated frown that at times spreads across Saoirse Ronan's face deserves an Oscar all of its own.

Filmmaker
Greta Gerwig
Country
USA
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
135’
Language
English
Producer
Denise Di Novi, Amy Pascal, Robin Swicord
Production Company
Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures, Regency Enterprises
Sales
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Writer
Greta Gerwig
Cinematography
Yorick Le Saux
Editor
Nick Houy
Production Design
Jess Gonchor
Music
Alexandre Desplat
Cast
Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep