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Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty) gives one of her best performances ever as Dorothea, a determined single mother raising her adolescent son Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. In the late 1970s in Santa Barbara, Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing—Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in their home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. Acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (writer/director of the Academy Award-winning Beginners) brings us a richly multi-layered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family and adulthood. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us—and the times that form us—as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives. Also starring Billy Crudup.
Read an Exclusive Filmmaker Letter from writer/director Mike Mills