★★★★★ - The Telegraph | ★★★★ - The Guardian
It’s been a long time since Mike Mills’ last film, the sweet 2010 comedy-drama Beginners starring Ewan McGregor, but the wait has been worth it.
California, the late 1970s, and bohemian mum Dorothea (Bening) is at a loss on how to deal with her increasingly spiky teenage son Jamie.
Enlisting two other women, her punky photographer tenant Abbie and Jamie’s best friend Julie, the three women - with the occasional input from mellow handyman William (Crudup) - attempt to raise Jamie to be a good man.
Profound, witty and featuring a career best Bening; although set in nostalgia-drenched 1970s, 20th Century Women feels timely, universal and relevant.
Dir: Mike Mills
Cast: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann
USA 2016, 118mins