Run time: 135 minutes

Director: Greta Gerwig

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep ,Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper


Synopsis: Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothee Chalamet as their neighbour Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March

This is a timely and welcome retelling of a beloved American classic semi-autobiographical novel, exploring the coming of age of the four March sisters in 1860’s New England in the aftermath of the American Civil War.

Auteur director Greta Gerwig [Lady Bird (2017)] has adapted Louisa May Alcott’s popular novel, which has been frequently produced on stage and screen.

This new version has the traditional focus on the four sisters’ early adult lives, within an innovative narrative structure that switches back and forth in time, often thematically rather than linearly.

The film benefits from a stellar ensemble cast – Saoirse Ronan as Jo; Emma Watson as Meg; Florence Pugh as Amy; Eliza Scanlen as Beth; Laura Dern as Marmee March; Timothée Chalamet as Laurie; Tracy Letts as Mr. Dashwood; Bob Odenkirk as Father March; James Norton as John Brooke; Louis Garrel as Friedrich Bhaer; Jayne Houdyshell as Hannah; Chris Cooper as Mr. Laurence and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

With idyllic rural Massachusetts locations, flawless mise-en-scene, a beautiful evocative score from Alexandre Desplat and dazzling cinematography by Yorick Le Saux [I Am Love (2009)], Little Women is a perfect post-Christmas treat and is destined to become a classic retelling of how four young women were determined to live life on their own terms.

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