20th Century Women

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1 Oscar nominations: Best screenplay
2 Golden Globe nominations: Best film, lead (Bening)
2 Independent Spirit Award nominations: Best lead (Bening), screenplay

Annette Bening is a dream. The film belongs to her and she does it so bohemianly carefree, but in a poignantly all knowing way.
Having your heart broken is a tremendous way to learn about the world.

A thoroughly entertaining, sophisticated, beautifully crafted film. Highly, highly recommended.
ABC Radio Australia

….is like a collection of snapshots, frozen in time, as each generation struggles to understand eternal human mysteries that may only make sense as time goes by.
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In 1979 Santa Barbara, California, Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women – Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour – to help with Jamie’s upbringing.

A beautiful and honest film, full of truth, central among which that you can never truly know another human being, no matter how close, through your own assumptions and projections. 20th Century Women offers a touching portrait of each of its characters, with interesting flights of structural and directorial fancy. A coming-of-age story not only for the lad, but also for the mother. She reflects on her own life, trying to give guidance all the while realizing that most of hers was spent aimless as her life has been messy and marked by fleeting pleasures.

Director-screenwriter Mike Mills’ story is semi-autobiographical and tries to explain what it is to have been raised in a modern matriarchy. The great thing about the film is that it presents the women as real people. Sometimes tired, sometimes irrational, sometimes emotional, sometimes wrong, sometimes angry for no reason, sometimes content. Just real. Just normal.

USA 2017, 113 min, rated M (offensive language, nudity, sexual references & drug use)
Directed by Mike Mills
Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann & Billy Crudup

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