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Starring: Lena Dunham, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott, Bella Ramsey, Joe Alwyn, Dean-Charles Chapman, Ralph Ineson
Amazon Prime medieval comedy written and directed by Lena Dunham. Set in 1290 in the village of Stonebridge, Catherine, Called Birdy (2022) centers on Lady Catherine (Bella Ramsey), the youngest child of Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott) and Lady Aislinn (Billie Piper). Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man suitor. But Birdy is spirited, clever and adventurous, and ready to put off any suitor that comes calling in increasingly ingenious ways. Her imagination, defiance, and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the most vile suitor of all arrives, they are presented with the ultimate test of love for their daughter.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Birdy: My truest passions are avoiding my chores. Critiquing my father’s horrible swordplay. Disrupting cottage raisings. Causing mischief in the village. And listening through doors I should not listen through.
Lord Rollo: Well, how has this happened, Finneas? After all, you’re paid to prevent things like this.
Finneas: In essence, my Lord, you have ignored me. You have spent profligate and without censor.
Lord Rollo: Nonsense. I can’t have spent so much. Give me one example of an expense not strictly necessary for the survival of my family.
Lord Rollo: My tiger has arrived. It’s dead.
Man: The travel was harsh from Siberia, my Lord.
Robert: Maybe he’s just sleeping, Father.
Birdy: It’s not breathing, you fool.
Lady Aislinn: Perhaps some water?