Little Women (2019) is the eighth film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott‘s famous homonymous novel published in 1868. The movie was written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who has been working with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet since her directorial debut, Lady Bird (2017).
The film narrates the life of four sisters between 1861 and 1865, their growth, romances and different ways of dealing with the social life conditions women of that time were exposed to. It features performances by Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Louis Garrel, and Meryl Streep, among many other renowned actors and actresses.
Little Women stands out from other adaptations of the novel thanks to its use of flashbacks as a tool to interconnect different timelines and, although they can sometimes be sudden and cause confusion in the viewer, they can generally be identified thanks to changes in the temperature of the image, framing the comfort of the past in warm colors and the uncertainty of the present in cold tones. The memorable performances and beautiful cinematography make Little Women not only one of the most beautiful movies of 2019, but also one of the best movies of the last decade.
The film got 6 nominations at the 2019 Academy Awards, including the categories of Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan and Best Supporting Actress for Florence Pugh, and is considered the best film adaptation of Little Women to date.