20th Century Women
Director: Mike Mills.
Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Greta Gerwig. USA 2016. 118 mins.
Writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker) draws from the well of personal experience for this Oscar-tipped tale of a boy growing up in 1970s California. Single mum Dorothea (Bening) wants to do right by her teenage son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). To this end she turns to two very different women, punk photographer Abbie (Gerwig) and 16-year-old rebel Julie (Fanning), in the hope that they can teach him about life, love and freedom.