20th CENTURY WOMEN
A story of love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in the early 70′ – the ignorance of a free spirit against the needs of a young man trying to find his true character and beliefs. Living in a bohemian household shared with 3 like-minded spirited people to help pay the rent, his mother tries to establish bonds that he cannot deal with. She cannot deal with his inability to talk, and enlists the help of others in his life to share the burden of his upbringing: a quirky punk photographer, a mellow handyman, and her son’s shrewd best friend.
This is the rare movie that’s redeemed by its unchecked nostalgia.
Masterfully played by Annette Bening, Dorothea is a fascinating character of contradictions.
The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening.
The Hollywood Reporter
For all of Mills’s cinematic tricks, he’s emerging as a great realist film-maker.
20th Century Women offers Annette Bening a too-rare opportunity to shine in a leading role and marks another assured step forward for writer-director Mike Mills.
Best Original Screenplay – Mike Mills
Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) – Annette Bening
Critics 83% Audience 75%
Critics positive review 88% Audience liked it 76%
Stockbridge Audience: 75%
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