Film picks: Lady Bird, Leaning Into The Wind: Andy Goldsworthy, and Japanese Film Festival

What sets Lady Bird apart from other good coming-of-age stories with girl protagonists is the compellingly-drawn mother-daughter relationship.
What sets Lady Bird apart from other good coming-of-age stories with girl protagonists is the compellingly-drawn mother-daughter relationship.PHOTO: UIP

Japanese Film Festival

One of the closing films of this year's edition is the drama Early Summer (1951, PG, 125 minutes) from revered director Yasujiro Ozu. He is in his element here, examining how people behave in family units, especially when personal desires and family duty are in conflict.

Actress Setsuko Hara won acclaim for playing Noriko, a woman of marriageable age at a crossroads, caught between her family's wishes and her own wants.

Where: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, Beach Road

When: Sunday (Feb 10), 4.30pm

Admission: $13.50

Info: theprojector.sg

Leaning Into The Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (PG)

97 minutes

British artist Andy Goldsworthy makes art out of things he finds on the land: twigs, rocks, flowers and other natural objects. Unlike other artists, who might work with clay or paint in a studio, how Goldsworthy walks into fields and forests to bend, fold, cut and arrange is visually fascinating.

German director Thomas Riedelsheimer's camera follows the artist into the outdoors and also into galleries and museums.

Where: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, Beach Road

When: Sunday (Feb 10), 5.30pm

Admission: $13.50

Info: theprojector.sg

Lady Bird (M18)

Now showing on HBO, HBO On Demand and HBO Go

There have been other good coming-of-age stories with girl protagonists - The Edge Of Seventeen (2016) and The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) come to mind - but what sets this one apart is the compellingly-drawn mother-daughter relationship.

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a high-schooler who dreams of leaving home for college, to escape her controlling mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), and what she considers the cultural desert of Sacramento, California. In the meantime, she and best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) have to learn about femininity, boys and sex, the meaning of friendship and living with parents who are flawed human beings.