20th CENTURY WOMEN
Comedy/Drama – 2017 – USA – 118 Minutes – A24 – Rated R
Mike Mills’s texturally and behaviorally rich new comedy seems to keep redefining itself as it goes along, creating a moving group portrait of particular people in a particular place (Santa Barbara) at a particular moment in the 20th century (1979), one lovingly attended detail at a time. The great Annette Bening, in one of her very best performances, is Dorothea, a single mother raising her teenage son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), in a sprawling bohemian house, which is shared by an itinerant carpenter (Billy Crudup) and a punk artist with a Bowie haircut (Greta Gerwig) and frequented by Jamie’s rebellious friend Julie (Elle Fanning). 20th Century Women is warm, funny, and a work of passionate artistry.
Written & Directed by Mike Mills
Starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup
As soon as Mike Mills’ 20TH CENTURY WOMEN screened at the New York Film Festival, critics and pundits declared Annette Bening’s performance as the one to beat in the most competitive Best Actress Oscar race in years.
Golden Globe Nominee
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Best Actress Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening
The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening. – The Hollywood Reporter
Less twee and more textured than Beginners, this is the film that Mike Mills was put on this planet to make. – indieWIRE
Writer-director Mike Mills again demonstrates a sharp, sensitive eye for the ways that people learn to make peace with lives they didn’t quite anticipate or want. The film is lit from within by its endless curiosity about its evolving characters. – Screen International
There is a generous amount of visual and intellectual wealth to unpack in Mills’ exquisite 20th Century Women, where female lives are revered, wrinkles are earned, and the idea of a perfect future is astutely confronted. – Film School Rejects