Annette Benning has been getting accolades left and right for her work in Academy Award-winning director Mike Mills' new film loosely based on his 1970s childhood, and with just cause. 20th Century Women looks like a fascinating window in the world of a 15-year-old-boy being raised with the help of strong and quirky women in a time full of tumultuous change, and Benning does a great job being one of those strong and quirky women. In a new 20th Century Women featurette titled 'A Time In My Life', the talents of the actors involved in the film are showcased and Mills gives a little taste of what the film means to him and what he was hoping to convey to the world.
For a little background, Mills' film follows Dorothea (Benning), a single mother living in Santa Barbara with her son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) who has "unstable energy." She recruits two young women: Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a girl renting a room in Dorothea's home and Julie (Elle Fanning), a neighborhood teen to assist with her son's upbringing.
As Mills describes it in the featurette, "20th Century Women altogether is sort of a party. You have Dorothea as the host who's invited this group of woman to be with her son. And it's this strange mix of people that are all sort of affecting each other."
But these exciting characters aren't the only interesting parts of this film. Punk and feminism play a big part in the film as Abbie, the family's boarder, is deeply involved in that scene and introduces it to Jamie. Mills explains the punk emphasis in a way that makes it seem like a perfect match for the film, saying, "punk is very bright inclusive energy that's kind of like, 'let's figure out who we are n a positive way.'" This goes hand in hand with the character's quest to figure out their place in the world.
With Mills' talking-up of certain attributes of 20th Century Women as well as the scenes shared, it definitely seems like this movie, which is currently in theaters, is a must-see!