20th Century Women
Dir. Mike Mills. USA, 2016. 1h 58m. Starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann.
Annette Bening is exceptional as determined single mother in her mid-50s raising her son (Jamie) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea calls on the help of her young female tenants to show Jamie what it takes to become a decent man. This heartfelt and humorous coming-of-age story is set in nostalgic haze of post-punk late 70s California.
‘There are louder films jostling for attention out there. This one is the secret treasure of the season, though - crafted with tender precision, and built to last.’ ★★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph
‘A story about the lives of women, the challenges of parenthood, the value of art and a recent past that now seems unreachable.’ Pamela Hutchinson, Sight and Sound