Director Gillian Armstrong's feminist spin on classic material retains the moving humanity of Louisa May Alcott's novel while reworking it with welcome freshness.
LITTLE WOMEN introduces us to the March family, a struggling, close-knit clan living in Concord, Massachusetts, at the time of the Civil War. The eldest daughter, Meg (Trini Alvarado), is pretty, conventional, and vain. Jo (Winona Ryder) is a hot-tempered tomboy who chafes against Victorian
restraints on young women and dreams of a great literary career. Beth (Claire Danes) is musical and pathologically shy, a saint on earth. Amy (Kirsten Dunst, then Samantha Mathis) is artistic and amusingly selfish...