Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women” follows Dorothea (Annette Bening), a single mother who runs a boarding house in Southern California in 1979, who tries to raise her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) right. She enlists the help of tenant Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and the precocious Julie (Elle Fanning) to provide wisdom to the young Jamie so he can fly straight in a changing world. The film garnered critical acclaim since its late-year run on the festival circuit, with IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich claiming it’s “Mills’ best film” and the “most moving and mature of the four films he’s made to date.” Watch an exclusive featurette from the film below featuring Mills and Bening discussing the film and its origins at length.
Mills has previously directed two features and a documentary short: “Paperboys,” a 41-minute profile of six paperboys in Stillwater, Minnesota; “Thumbsucker,” about a teenager with a thumb-sucking addiction who experiments with hypnosis, drugs and sex; and his previous film “Beginners,” about a man who’s taken aback by his elderly father’s coming out, which earned actor Christopher Plummer an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
“20th Century Women” had its world premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival in October. It will enter limited release on Christmas Day.