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20th Century Women

Mike Mills
USA 2016 / 118’
Closeness

Santa Barbara, the end of the 1970s. Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is being raised in an environment filled with feminism, the scent of drugs, and the sounds of punk. He lives with his divorced mother, Dorothea (Golden Globe nominee Annette Bening), who is well aware that she is losing touch with her teenage son. For help raising him, she turns to her "very modern" subletter, Abbie (Greta Gerwig), and her son's friend, Julie (Elle Fanning), who has her own issues when it comes to navigating adolescence, though she is a lot more experienced than Jamie, at least sexually. What impact will these three women have on him? And will Dorothea open herself up to other roles besides being a mother? Mike Mills based his screenplay on his own childhood experiences, and he has called the film a love letter to the women who raised him. 20th Century Women is a charming memoire about the "wonderful years" of adolescence, revealing the sweetness inherent to losing one's innocence, as well as the weight that comes with inevitable disappointments and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Adam Kruk

Mike Mills

Born in Berkeley, California, Mike Mills is an American film director. In the 1990s, he directed commercials and music videos, including for Yoko Ono, Pulp, Blonde Redhead, and Air, while also designing album covers. He made his full-length feature debut with Thumbsucker, starring Tilda Swinton and Keanu Reeves. Five years later, he made the autobiographical Beginners, with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. His latest film, 20th Century Women, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Filmography

2005 Rodzinka / Thumbsucker 

2007 Does Your Soul Have a Cold?

2010 Debiutanci / Beginners 

2017 20th Century Women

Cast & Crew

director Mike Mills
screenplay Mike Mills
cinematography Sean Porter
editing Leslie Jones
music Roger Neill
cast Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup
producer Anne Carey, Megan Ellison, Youree Henley
production A24, Annapurna Pictures, Modern People, Archer Gray
Polish distributor UIP
language English
colouration colour