THEO WENNER FOR "M THE MAGAZINE OF THE WORLD"
PortraitFormer muse of a sure creator cinema, completed screenwriter, director of the famous "Woman Chook", Greta Gerwig now presents "The Daughters of Physician March". An ode to what she defends and embodies: feminine emancipation, in theaters on January 1.
The e-book is dented, the pages ravaged by successive readings. So broken that it needs to be within the trash, not on the bar desk at this Los Angeles resort. Anyway, the novel is in all of the libraries of the USA: printed in 1868, The 4 Daughters of Physician March, the traditional by Louisa Might Alcott, is among the nice instructional novels within the historical past of American literature, taught in faculties, talked about in frequent language, as Oliver Twist within the UK or Wretched in France.
His copy, Greta Gerwig retains it as a struggle trophy, tangible proof of the efforts made and the work invested. This e-book, she simply tailored it to the display. That is the eighth movie from the novel and the second from Greta Gerwig as director. And the fatigue, nonetheless seen on her face, is barely partly hidden by a thick, conspicuous make-up, which makes you marvel if Greta Gerwig nonetheless seems like Greta Gerwig.
The woman of an period
The exhaustion thus claimed has the looks of a manifesto, a declaration of independence. In opposition to what ? In opposition to itself. In one other life, in one other incarnation, Greta Gerwig was the face of nonchalance. It was the very current period when she performed the main roles in impartial movies, hailed from one facet to the opposite of the Atlantic: Frances ha (2012) and Mistress America (2015), by Noah Baumbach, Damsels in distress (2011), by Whit Stillman.
In the course of the first half of the 2010s, his ingenuous face, his allure, related along with his awkwardness and extraordinary naturalness, had corresponded, for a short while, in American impartial cinema, to the spirit of the occasions. Greta Gerwig then took over from the one who had marked the 1990s and 2000s, Chloë Sevigny. "I used to be, in the event you like, the woman of a time", she admits. The younger Californian, from Sacramento, "Provincial" as she claims, had change into a quintessential New York creature: dreamy, pushed by her inventive aspirations, surrounded by rich folks, frivolously managing her frustrations.
"Generally folks would ask me, 'Did you assist Noah Baumbach write the screenplay?' My blood solely went round and I mentioned, 'I didn't assist anybody, I co-signed this screenplay.'"
However this character was solely part of herself. He was fleeting. When she was in her thirties, her youth was handed out sooner than she had anticipated. " The "cool woman" had disappeared in a single day and, frankly, I didn't miss it in any respect. " Particularly since Greta Gerwig had at all times been one thing apart from the creature of a metropolis, of a kind of cinema and even of the administrators who made it flip. It was already forging its independence.