TIFF 2017 Day 2: “The Breadwinner,” “Outside In,” “Lady Bird”

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Day 2 has begun. I didn’t have quite as busy of a day today having only seen three films, but all three have female directors are very much so worth discussing. We have Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” Lynn Shelton’s “Outside In,” and Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird.”

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“The Breadwinner,” dir. Nora Twomey

A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Through gorgeous animation and a committed dark tone, “The Breadwinner” thrives on the strength of its central character while also not shying away from the tragedy that comes with trying to provide for your family during war time. I do wish that it stayed more focused on its main narrative instead of going back and forth between two stories, but I was thoroughly engaged.

3.5/5

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“Outside In,” dir. Lynn Shelton

An ex-con struggling to readjust to life in his small town forms an intense bond with his former high-school teacher.

“Outside In” is as raw and heartbreaking as it is charming and funny. Jay Duplass and Edie Falco are outstanding. Could have had some tighter pacing, but I still enjoyed it immensely!

4/5

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“Lady Bird,” dir. Greta Gerwig

The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Greta Gerwig is a triple threat! “Lady Bird” is laugh out loud hilarious and filled with an abundance of sincerity. Saoirse Ronan gives a performance so real and true. My heart was just filled with joy from beginning to end and I can’t wait to see it again.

5/5

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On to Day 3!

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