20th Cen­tury Women (2016)

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Avail­able now

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.

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