20th Century Women (2016)
Writer-director Mike Mills pays tribute to his mother and the women who raised him in this, a coming-of-age drama that both lionises the past and revels in the heady surge of adolescence. In 1979, Jamie is 15 and the world is changing – new forms of music, fashion and culture beckon, and time seems infinite. Annette Bening is Jamie’s mother Dorothea, laid-back and non-traditional but struggling to move with the times. She enlists lodger Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and Jamie’s friend Julie (Elle Fanning) to help educate him in the ways of the world from a female perspective, hoping to give her son a balanced and well-rounded outlook. It is beautifully shot, with a touching and totally human perspective — and an addictively beautiful soundtrack to boot.