What: Catherine Called Birdy
Premiere date: October 7, 2022
A favorite of the critics at the Toronto International Film Festival, Lena Dunham’s Catherine Called Birdy is a comedy coming-of-age film set in medieval England, or, in other words, a Monty Python–adjacent movie remixed with teens.
Adapted from Karen Cushman’s novel of the same name, Catherine Called Birdy follows a young heroine, Catherine, aka Birdy (Bella Ramsey), as she tries to avoid a life doomed to courtship, suitors and ladylike obligations, much to her family’s dismay. If you’re a fan of medieval period pieces or passionately persistent heroines, Catherine Called Birdy is completely your thing and promises to be a fun watch with a matching star cast.
Here’s everything you need to know about the film and all its medieval pandemonium.
How can I watch? Catherine Called Birdy?
After a limited theatrical release, Catherine Called Birdy will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video October 7.
What’s? Catherine Called Birdy about?
It’s 1290 England, and Birdy is a mischievous but steadfast 14-year-old ready to build her dream life that doesn’t include marriage, not even a little. Her father, Lord Rollo (flea bag‘s Andrew Scott), apparently didn’t get the memo and begins to gather a slew of suitors to marry her.
How do you avoid getting married so you can keep sword fighting with your besties? You’re causing a whole lot of chaos. And Birdy is no stranger to inciting forced chaos to get what she wants.
What are people saying about the film so far?
Mashable’s Deputy Entertainment Editor, Kristy Puchko, described the movie as “A lavishly entertaining romp through medieval teens,” where “Dunham weaves a modern sensibility with its messages, character arcs, and a dash of queer representation in a supporting character.”
Puchko writes that Catherine Called Birdy “Comes alive with sizzling dialogue and a charismatic cast that bring light to this dark time. Between Bella Ramsey’s mischievous charm and the Hollywood-minded changes Lena Dunham has made… Catherine Called Birdy is a coming-of-age comedy that is sure to please.”
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