20th Century Women

Mike Mills

Santa Barbara, 1979. 15-year-old Jamie (young talent Lucas Jade Zumann) grows up with his divorced mother Dorothea in a large and stately yet decaying mansion where different tenants have also sought refuge. Dorothea is 55 and obviously from a different generation, but she does her best to understand her son. She gets help – also with his upbringing – from Abbie and Julie, two young women who play a formative role for the sensitive, clever Jamie.
Mike Mills drew on his own experience for this creatively designed, humorous and sensitive coming-of-age story, which is as much about the three women as it is about the adolescent Jamie. Just as Beginners (2010) was a film about his father (with a wonderful role for Christopher Plummer), 20th Century Women is an ode to his mother (a fantastic role for Annette Bening). The wonderful soundtrack is only one example of Mills’ great love for history and research. A dreamy journey through time, beautifully acted and emotionally charged. Closing Film IFFR 2017.

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Screenings

  • Doelen Grote Zaal
    Dutch subtitles
    Sat 4 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Mike Mills
Premiere
European premiere
Country
USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
118’
Language
English
Producer
Anne Carey / Archer Gray, Megan Ellison / Annapurna Pictures, Youree Henley
Production Company
Archer Gray, Annapurna Pictures, Modern People
Sales
Annapurna International
Writer
Mike Mills
Cinematography
Sean Porter
Editor
Leslie Jones
Production Design
Chris Jones
Sound Design
Frank Gaeta
Music
Roger Neill
Cast
Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup