20TH CENTURY WOMEN seems to want to sustainedly tap the profound. It has some things to say about life. Life in a particular place and time w/ specific intergenerational dynamics relevant thereto. Not altogether facile. However, in its striving, the film also liberally spatters itself w/ schmaltz. And I cannot remember any recent movie that takes itself so seriously feeling so consummately like packaged product.
Probably the perfect movie to pay too much for on my flight to LA. I love every bit of Mike Mills's film. I love how he embraces the saccharine without ever sacrificing the substance. I love how textured this is. And, on my second viewing, I love the force of nature that is Annette Bening even more than the first time.
A lovely coming of age film with a unique feminist twist. I did really find the setting and atmosphere of the film quite rewarding. At a few moments it felt a bit indulgent in it's philosophical and societal preachiness, but I was grateful for it nontheless. Reccommended.
Mills achieves what Linklater's "Boyhood" wishes it did, but without the gimmick and with a far more intelligent script. Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig give great performances. (The look on Gerwig's face, when she says "No" after Crudup asks if he can be himself in bed, is heartbreaking.)
Oh God did I love this film. I'm not a fan from Mills previous effort, but 20TH CENTURY WOMEN is the expectation, the trying, and the failure to became history and, in this process, to be part of it. It's absolutely honest to it's characters, but not only that. It's true to their feelings, to their longings and to their dreams — dreams that the film, the audience and even the characters know it will fail.
20th CW is an explorative film; examining the process of aging, womanhood, parenting and how these all connect to personal identity. Mills weaves in and out of these characters, allowing the audience to observe them around others, and also share intimate moments of solitude and reflection. An ode to women; women that are mothers; women that are artists; women that are lost, giving, caring, guiding, and growing.