Film Reviews

Film Review: 20th Century Women (2016)

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  • Director: Mike Mills
  • Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup
  • Rating: A+
  • Streaming on Amazon Prime | Buy or Rent on iTunes

All it took was a few minutes of this film for me to recognize it as a new favorite. There is something so innately refreshing about 20th Century Women. Each woman is emblematic of some facet of my maturation. I can only hope my time to be as graceful and effortlessly efficacious as Annette Bening is coming down the pipeline.

Wondering if you’re happy is a great shortcut to just being depressed.

From Greta Gerwig’s raw, emotional turn as Abbie to Elle Fanning’s sensual and exploratory chase towards womanhood, I felt myself become seen and also hopeful of what could become of my life. The smallest beats ripple through like a warm embrace.

I know I’ll rewatch this multiple times in the future. I feel like the magic of this film is in stumbling upon it. It’s a gentle surprise, like running into a dear old friend, someone who knows all your secrets and all your secret shames and yet never thinks any less of you.