CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY (TIFF 2022)- Review by Leslie Combemale

Catherine, Called Birdy goes beyond what those who might not have liked Lena Dunham’s other offerings might expect. It stays true to the spirit of Karwn Cushman’s book, what is now a YA classic, and still gives the film a life of its own, allowing the performers to bring each character to life. Sophie Okonedo is a particular standout as an older woman who has found a way to make peace with her lot, while finding independence and a bit of joy for herself. For spirited teen girls and those who love them, Catherine, Called Birdy will be a fascinating look at history as well as a cinematic affirmation of what girls have faced for centuries and continue to face to this day.

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