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Little Women (2019)

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Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

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Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Jo March
Emma Watson ... Meg March
Florence Pugh ... Amy March
Eliza Scanlen ... Beth March
Laura Dern ... Marmee March
Timothée Chalamet ... Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence
Tracy Letts ... Mr. Dashwood
Bob Odenkirk ... Father March
James Norton ... John Brooke
Louis Garrel ... Friedrich Bhaer
Jayne Houdyshell ... Hannah
Chris Cooper ... Mr. Laurence
Meryl Streep ... Aunt March
Rafael Silva ... Friedrich's Friend
Mason Alban ... Friedrich's Friend
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Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Concord, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,755,310, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$80,121,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,634,809
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital (Dolby Amots+Vision)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran made several duplicate costume pieces for Jo and Laurie to make it seem like the characters share clothes. See more »

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There were a couple of times that Emma Watson's natural British accent is evident when she speaks. See more »

Quotes

Amy March: I'm making a mould of my foot for Laurie to remind him I have nice feet.
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The original 1993-2006 version of the current Columbia Pictures logo appears at the beginning, paying homage to the studio's previous 1994 film adaptation of the story, which starred Winona Ryder as Jo March. See more »


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Timeless classic that exudes love and warmth
11 December 2019 | by eelen-sethSee all my reviews

Greta Gerwig's post-'Lady Bird' female centred 'Little Women', based on the acclaimed novel by Louisa May Alcott, takes us back to the late 19th century in which we follow the lives of the March-family. Numerous adaptations have been made over the past few decades, but Gerwig elevates the material, translating it in a way to appeal to modern audiences, without ever losing the essence of the well known story.

When we first meet the talented Jo (Saoirse Ronan), she's living in New York, teaching girls literature and trying to sell her own stories to the local newspaper. While Jo lives her best life, her hopeless romantic sister Amy (Florence Pugh) lives with her old fashioned aunt (Meryl Streep) in Paris, attending painting classes while hoping for a true love to come rescue her. Other sister Meg (Emma Watson) is happily married with kids and the musically gifted Beth (Eliza Scanlen) has been bedridden with a severe illness. When Jo gets news about Beth's state quickly deteriorating, she leaves everything behind and jumps on the first train home. While Jo naps, we flash back to easier times seven years earlier, when all sisters still lived merrily under one roof.

The first thing you'll notice is the scale on which all of this has been made. Extraordinary production design inside the old mansions surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Massachusetts, where Little Women was filmed. Let Academy Award winning (for his scores of 'The Shape of Water' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel') composer Alexandre Desplat set the tone for each scene with his classically infused orchestra, and all you need is talent on screen and on paper.

Luckily Gerwig knows how to write a terrific screenplay and the cast has the most incredible chemistry. The dialogue is riddled with timely jokes and hopelessly romantic discussions, perfect for that time period. It's all part of a bigger picture in which each character has their own story to tell. Saoirse Ronan's (Lady Bird) radiant presence is again noteworthy, more so, she is quickly becoming the best actress in the business. While rising star Florence Pugh (Midsommar) as the truly hilarious and hopelessly obsessed with love, wealth and looks Amy, gives another career defining performance, to leave a mark on today's moviegoers' memory. It's when all four sisters and their mother (played by a comforting Laura Dern) first appear on screen, you'll fall in love with this family. There's a cosiness and homely feeling to their interactions, that will warm you up from the inside. Something this innocent and safe hasn't been brought to the big screen in a very long time and Gerwig knows just how to control your emotions.

After a lot of going back and forth in time - which is quite confusing to begin with, but you get more used to it further down the line when both timelines move forward to meet in the middle - the final third of the film builds up to a gut wrenching conclusion. For some reason, the actual heartbreaking event isn't so much of a surprise, it's the aftermath that truly shatters your heart into tiny pieces and leaves you gasping for air while tears roll down your cheek. Little Women is just as heartwarming as it is excruciatingly sad. Greta Gerwig has made a timeless classic that exudes love. Watching this film will for sure become a new Christmas tradition in many households. What a wonderful gift.

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