Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup
Comedy-drama written and directed by Mike Mills, in which the story is set in in Santa Barbara at a particular moment in the 20th century, 1979. We follow Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion in a sprawling bohemian house, which is shared by an itinerant carpenter (Billy Crudup) and a punk artist, Abbie, (Greta Gerwig) and frequented by Jamie’s rebellious friend, Julie (Elle Fanning).
Best Quotes from Trailer:
President Jimmy Carter: We are at a turning point in our history. As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government. It is a crisis of confidence. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our Nation. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself, involved in the search for freedom. We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.
[as they are all sat watching Carter’s speech on TV]
Carpenter #1: Wow, he is so screwed. It’s over for him.
Dorothea Fields: I thought that was beautiful.
Dorothea Fields: What?
Jamie: Thinking that you know everything that’s going on.
Dorothea Fields: No, I don’t. I just think that, you know, having your heart broken is a tremendous way to learn about the world.
Dorothea Fields: [to Jamie] This is the really hard part, and then it gets better, and then it gets hard again.
Jamie: Do you think you’re happy?
Dorothea Fields: Seriously? Look, wondering if you’re happy it’s a great shortcut to just being depressed.
20th Century Women is set for release in the US December 25th limited.