“Women have minds and they have souls just as well as just hearts, and they’ve got ambition and they’ve got talent as well as just beauty, and I am so so sick of people saying that – that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it. But I’m so lonely.”Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, Little Women (2019) dir. Greta Gerwig
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott and it’s set in the years after the Civil War. The cast includes Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.
Little Women is focusing on family, women, their ambitions and their situation in a patriarchal society. It’s a story about growing up as women in the 1860’s America. One of the main characters – played by Saoirse Ronan – is Jo, a writer in a male dominated society who doubts herself, her capabilities and who is searching for her voice.
“Who will be interested in a story of domestic struggles and joys? It doesn’t have any real importance.”
Jo’s story is a story we can all relate even in the years of 2020. Jo and her sisters all face their struggles, their fears and society’s pressure and we see them work their way through them. We see them make bad and good decisions and we witness all the fights women needed to have in times, when they couldn’t even vote. We see how sometimes marrying a man was more of an economic proposition rather than a decision of the heart.
The film takes you on a beautiful journey, and it will touch your heart. It’s a brilliant adaptation of the book and I’d certainly recommend everyone to go to the movies, bring your tissues and enjoy Greta Gerwig’s latest story.
Also, if you want check out this great interview with Greta G. from Deadline.