‘20th Century Women’ Trailer: Annette Bening Leads the Latest from ‘Beginners’ Director Mike Mills


eOne ANZ has dropped the first trailer for 20th Century Women, the upcoming dramedy starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Zumann and Billy Crudup.

From writer-director Mike Mills, known for the brilliant 2010 picture Beginners, 20th Century Women is set in late-70s Santa Barbara and tells the story of a single mother (Bening) who enlists the help of two younger women (Gerwig, Fanning) to help raise her adolescent son (newcomer Zumann).

There’s plenty of charm in what looks like a nicely acted and emotional little film. Bening could be on the award path with her role here, and the film’s December opening suggests an Oscar campaign may be in order. We’ll see.

20th Century Women will hit the U.S. in limited release on December 25 and arrives in Australia sometime in 2017.

Synopsis for 20th Century Women:

With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®-winning Beginners) brings us a multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives.

Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

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.


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