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A Palme d’Or winner and the skittish joy of Little Women

By Wendy Ide   Winter Special

Dev Patel as David Copperfield.

Little Women

Released on 26th December

Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved but slightly chintzy novel is stripped of its prissiness by writer and director Greta Gerwig. There’s a fizzing energy and, at times, a barely contained chaos to this spirited spin on the period drama. Saoirse Ronan is a fiercely forthright Jo March, but the real revelation is Florence Pugh, who deploys every last drop of her considerable personal charm and reclaims Amy March, always the most unsympathetic of the sisters. The result is a…

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