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|Originaltitel:||20th Century Women|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 118 Min|
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Santa Barbara, late 1970s: Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), early 50s, self-confident and emancipated, raises her 15-year-old son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) here alone. She is sure that she does everything right with her special kind of education - until one day Jamie almost dies through a reckless game. Now she realizes that she simply no longer understands the world in which her son grows up. And so she asks her lodger, photographer Abbie (Greta Gerwig), and Jamie's best friend Julie (Elle Fanning), to help her son find his place in this crazy world. But when Jamie learns of this interference in his life, he even more begins to rebel against his mother…
"Women of the Century" is, after a six-year break, the latest film by director Mike Mills, who has won an Oscar in 2010 with his wonderful romance "Beginners" and supporting actor Christopher Plummer. Also in his new movie Mills tells an unusual family story with a lot of feeling and profound wit. With a sensitive hand he draws wonderful characters, who are so interesting and charming because of their mistakes and quirks. But not only the characters, but also their not exactly uncomplicated relationships to each other are beautifully drawn and make this movie a real pleasure.
Mills does an excellent job of portraying three different generations in a credible manner. With a lot of harmonious 70s flair, engaging voice over comments and a well chosen soundtrack he makes the feelings of the protagonists very tangible. One can understand why Dorothea feels so weak about her son, despite the strength she projects to the outside. Why Abbie, despite having successfully defeated cancer, believes she has lost the meaning of life. And you also understand why Julie has no problem sleeping with guys who don't mean anything to her, but why she doesn't want to have sex with Jamie - even though she regularly shares the bed with him.
So not only the relationship between mother and son is an extremely interesting aspect of the film, but also the friendship between the boy and Julie, respectively between Jamie and Abbie. Mike Mills presents a finely observed mix of drama and comedy, from the fears of a world in upheaval and ode to life. "Jahrhundertfrauen" is a beautiful, subtle and extremely entertaining film that only allows one conclusion: Absolutely worth seeing!
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