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20th January
2017
written by Adam

Partially told through the eyes of a quickly growing teenage boy, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), three women are tasked with helping to raise Jamie to be a complete and rounded person. But, in many ways just as Jamie is learning from Abbie (Greta Gerwig), Julie (Elle Fanning), and his mother Dorothea (Annette Bening), they’re learning from him and finding their own truths experiencing life, love, and freedom in Southern California in the late 1970’s. Written and Directed by Mike Mills, this semi-autobiographic look at his own upbringing makes for rich material as the ensemble digs in deep to show fully functioning three dimensional characters; complex, flawed, and compelling none the less. And, while the narrative arc of the film doesn’t make giant swings, the film’s intent to capture a moment in time and to expose the delicate intricacies of human behavior is well met by all. This is a gem worth seeking out. 20th Century Women is rated R.

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