The New Zealand International Film Festival welcomes Mike MIlls’ latest movie 20th Century Women late today in Auckland. The American film from the director of Beginners is another bittersweet drama, this time set in the late 1970s Southern, and somewhat autobiographical. The screenplay by Mills was nominated for an Academy Award this year, following two Golden Globe nominations for the film.
The tale follows a mother who appears to be candid about the relationship she has with her young son – accepting at this stage in his life that she knows little about him. Other women in their life offer varied points of view and influences, and the movie follows a steady, heart-felt narrative, exploring the dynamics of these people conversing. A fine cast includes Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig.