Mike Mills’ latest family drama “20th Century Women” garnered critical acclaim since its world premiere this past October. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich says it’s Mills’ “best film” and that it’s “limpid, light, and beautifully remembered.” The film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 1979, a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – free spirited punk artist Abbie (Greta Gerwig), and savvy and provocative teenage neighbor Julie (Elle Fanning). Watch a new trailer for the film below.
This is Mills’ third feature film. His last film “Beginners,” about a man (Ewan McGregor) coming to terms with his elderly father’s (Christoher Plummer) terminal cancer diagnosis and homosexuality, was widely acclaimed and garnered Plummer a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The film also won Best Feature at the 2010 Gotham Awards. His first film “Thumbsucker” followed a teenager’s struggle to quit sucking his thumb as well as his troubled family life.
“20th Century Women” premiered at this year’s New York Film Festival. It’s set to screen at the AFI Fest on November 16. It will open theatrically on December 25 from A24.