“20th century women” mixed comedy disappointment and loss.

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“20th century women” mixed comedy disappointment and loss.
DAVE DAVIES, host:
This is fresh air. “The 20th century woman” was the new film by mike mills, whose previous film, “the beginner,” won an Oscar. “Women in the 20th century” is the basis of a teenage boy, he learned from three women life story – is a high school friend, and his mother an artist residence, by Annette Bening performance of a touted for an Oscar. The film opened all over the country, and our critic John bowles said it was an interesting film that would hit you in your place.
JOHN POWERS, wired: Hollywood has struggled to capture how history has entered our lives. It can celebrate a landmark case, such as three African-American figures “hidden” actress, his mathematical talent help broke the national aeronautics and space administration in the late 50 s and 60 s color bar. However, when it comes to the ordinary, without life, our movies will appear in a specific time and place, and the values of time and place shape and constrain us.
“Woman” in the 20th century is an exception, this is mike mills wonderful new film, this delicate, interesting and deep sense of work, often lost in the film industry issued by the end of the avalanche. Mills’ last film, “the beginner,” invented the story of his father, a new film that made up his intimate relationship with his mother. In showing her his debt, he creates a world deep inside you, full of complex female characters who like the women you really know.
The action took place in Santa Barbara, 1979, in the afterglow of free love and women’s liberation. Lucas Jade Zumann plays the narrator Jamie, a smart, awkward teenager raised by his mother, Dorothea. That’s Annette bening, a professional woman who reads the newspaper prices of stock market investments every morning. They share house with two guests – Abby, like a hobby punk photographer, by Greta Gerwig, William is a burly, sexy, very sexy ’60 s style of acrobats – Billy crewe Depp playing perfect – help repair Dorothea vast old house.
Dorothea is now a cool mother and an anxious thinker. We saw her take Jimmy Carter’s name to heart. Worried about her son in life to accept education, to enlist the help of Abbie and Jamie’s friend, she and crush Julie – this is Elle Fanning – a more mature and independent tempting Judy Blume reading girl. Julie also CARES about jamie, but – I’ve been there, man – she likes to sleep with the sexier boys she doesn’t care about.
Here, Dorothea sees Julie’s romantic hope of hitting jamie at the party. When he saw his mother seeing it, he felt uneasy, so they talked while washing the dishes.
(film expansion “women in the 20th century”)
LUCAS JADE ZUMANN :(like jamie) stop.
ANNETTE BENING :(like Dorothea) what?
Lucas :(as jamie) thinks you know what’s going on.
BENING :(as Dorothea) no, I don’t know – I just feel that your heart is broken to be an excellent way to understand the world.
Lucas :(like jamie) do you think you’re happy? Just as you thought you would be happy at my age?
BENING :(as Dorothea) is serious? Don’t ask questions like that.
Lucas :(like jamie) but you’re my mom.
BENING :(as Dorothea, laughter) especially your mother. Look, it’s a depressing shortcut to know if you’re happy.
POWERS: “women of the 20th century” is filled with intimate scenes of disappointment and loss. What is more, however, is the unique way in which mills anchored small Revelations in the larger picture. For example, jamey tells us that my mother was born in 1924. Then, in the world, he painted pictures of his mother growing up with images of everything from the great depression to the bogart film to the subservient position of women. Although Dorothea dreamed of becoming a pilot in world war ii, it was impossible, and she was busy making blueprints. Mills in benin wonderful performances, with the help of reveals the image of Dorothea’s life, she is a supportive mother, also is the square of the original feminist, his desire for more, and be able to do it.
However, even if he has given us a bird ‘s-eye view of life in this character, mills also keenly noticed the magic who often interesting details, it has brought our experience resonance and texture. We see robin Morgan’s legendary 1970 collection of “sisters are powerful,” which helps jamie understand his mother’s life story, not to mention the female orgasm. We see a Talking Heads T-shirt, one of the popular identifiers that modern americans define themselves according to their exact cultural moment.
Because the movie’s moment was California in 1979, before the great transformation of the Reagan era, all the characters sought freedom and self-expression. Mills showed us the world’s change before us, especially about women. From Dorothea to Abbie to teenage Julie, everyone is closer to being able to define their own lives. And, importantly, jamie learned the value of that. “Women of the 20th century” have not been pretentious about it, which suggests that their pursuit of freedom can help create what we really like about our 21st century world.
DAVIES: John Powers is a film and television critic for Vogue and vogue.com. If you want to catch up with you miss the interview, such as I am Joe buck’s interview, Jeff Bridges and athletes or terry Lin Manuel Miranda interview, take a look at our podcast, you will find many fresh interviews.
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(Roger neal’s “Santa Barbara, 1979” music)

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