Two minutes and twenty-four seconds of the joy of living, of passages emblematic of the novel but also of sequences that promise to give more meaning to the characters and the plot twists misunderstood. This is the promise of the trailer of the Four girls of Doctor March – reviewed by Greta Gerwig. Its much-anticipated adaptation will be released in theaters in the u.s. for the Christmas season, in-season price. This is the eighth change to the big screen in the classic Louisa May Alcott, and the first since the feature film cult of Gillian Armstrong with Christian Bale and Winona Ryder in 1994.

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For his second film as a director, Greta Gerwig promises an adaptation fresh and modern, the book that has awakened a whole generation to reading. “Of course, the action takes place in the Nineteenth century, but we wanted the emotions do not belong to the past but to the present,” says the filmmaker of Lady Bird . In order to restore daily life was precarious but loving and tumultuous of the sisters March in an America torn apart by the Civil War, she made a point of honor to turn in Massachusetts, where Louisa May Alcott spent her childhood. One that is much recognized in Jo March has also called on the best of young Hollywood.

a Reunion of the duo accomplice Saoirse Ronan and Timothy Chalamet siblings March in the full line-up: Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen. Sony/Columpbia pictures

Saoirse Ronan, who Greta Gerwig has offered one of his finest roles in Lady Bird , took the clothes and rebels, and feminists of the younger and aspiring writer Jo March, who refutes the whole idea of marriage. The very activist and star of Harry Potter Emma Watson portrays, for once, the most wise and romantic eldest Meg March. The self-centered, but artistic youngest daughter Amy March has the features of Florence Pugh, currently on show at the terrifying Midsommar . As revealed by the HBO series Sharp Objects , the Australian Eliza Scanlen is the fragile and pianist warned Beth March. The matriarch of the family is played by Laura Dern), while the independent and bourgeois aunt March is played by the indomitable Meryl Streep. The Frenchman Louis Garrel will be the scholar professor désargenté Friedrich Bhaer.

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To give a reply to Jo March, and embody his accomplice Laurie, Greta Gerwig has recruited another of his actors, Lady Bird, the star of Call Me By Your Name Timothée Chalamet. “Timothy and Saoirse have a closeness, an energy that explodes on the screen. They are so young and talented,” said, with enthusiasm, Greta Gerwig magazine Entertainment Weekly . The extracts from the first dance between the two neighbours can only give him reason. The reunion also amused Saoirse Ronan: “In Lady Bird , Timothy I broke her heart, but in The Four Girls of Doctor March , it is I who am doing it”.

The trailer, which reflects, according to Greta Gerwig, “all kinds of love mentioned in the book: filial, familial, reciprocal or one-sided” suggests that this version of 2019 will bring a particular care to the characters, the most elusive of the novel, and often criticized for their development: Meg, Amy and Laurie.

Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh. Sony/Columpbia pictures