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.

Critics Views

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 Playlist

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.
The Guardian

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.
Rotten Tomatoes


Academy Awards
Best Original Screenplay – Mike Mills

Golden Globes
Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) – Annette Bening

Film Rating

Critics 83% Audience 75%

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics positive review 88%  Audience liked it 76%

Stockbridge Audience: 75%

Number of responses:-
Excellent 16
Good 30
Average 8
Poor 4
Very Poor 0

Date: Wednesday 16th August

Time: 7.30pm

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: Mike Mills

Writer: Mike Mills

Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Film Length: 2hrs 0mins

Rating: 15
Strong sex references, strong language, drug misuse

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Programme Notes

20th Century Women still #3
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