Catherine Called Birdy (2022)

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Catherine Called Birdy (2022). Catherine Called Birdy: Directed by Lena Dunham. With Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott, Lesley Sharp. A 14 year old girl in medieval England navigates through life and avoiding potential suitors her father has in mind.

“Lena Dunhamu0026#39;s newest film Catherine Called Birdy tackles gender norms in the Middle Ages with tact and humor, making it a great introduction to medieval comedy for those of appropriate age to handle the gore and thematic elements.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eCatherine Called Birdy, as you might expect, follows the 14-year-old Lady Catherine (Bella Ramsey), whose nickname is Birdy. Sheu0026#39;s a tomboy to the nth degree, playing with her best friend, a goatherd, rolling in mud and dirt and scorning all that the Middle Ages would deem u0026quot;ladylikeu0026quot; comportment. Her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), is deeply financially destitute and utterly greedy, so he aims to use his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. What ensues is comedy gold, but also empowering, as Lady Catherine fights back against the repressive expectations for women of the time.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLena Dunhamu0026#39;s direction and Bella Ramseyu0026#39;s performance really add to this film. Dunham crafts every scene to be perfectly shot and cut, and the young Ramsey shows her talent as Lady Catherine, standing up to injustice and sexism with superb dialogue delivery and emoting throughout the film. I also love how the writers have crafted Lord Rollou0026#39;s role; besides fueling the main conflict of Catherine Called Birdy, his character flaws make him perhaps the most complex character of the whole film. Andrew Scott works magic as Lord Rollo, especially in the final scenes of the film where the message is hammered in.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eCatherine Called Birdy promotes standing up to rules you feel are unjust. There are some violent (but not graphic) and disturbing scenes, including a difficult childbirth.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI give Catherine Called Birdy 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!”


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