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Greta Gerwig

For Sacramento, 'Lady Bird' offers a vivid portrait of a city that revels in its 'modest pleasures'

For Sacramento, 'Lady Bird' offers a vivid portrait of a city that revels in its 'modest pleasures'

“You clearly love Sacramento,” says the Catholic nun and high school principal as she looks over the college essay written by one of her students.

The teenager, who clearly thinks the city is uncool, shrugs and says she just pays attention to her surroundings.

“Well, it comes across as love,” says the nun. “Don't you think maybe they are the same thing, love and attention?”

The scene is an inflection point in the story line of “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s tribute to her Northern California hometown. It’s also a moment that rings true to Sacramentans who see essential truths about their city in the movie, which is nominated for five Oscars, including best...

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