A film by Mike Mills
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Santa Barbara, summer 1979. The time is marked by the movement and important cultural changes. Dorothea Fields, 50, raises her son Jamie alone. She decides to call on to two young women so that the boy, now a teenager, opens up to have a different view of the world : Abbie, a punk artist with a rebellious spirit who lives in Dorothea, and his neighbor Julie, 17 years old, as smart as …
Here is a beautiful film about people , communication, the late 70’s.The character of Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is largely inspired by his own experience, within a few years. The film completely adopts the point of view of Jamie, 15 years, without being centered exclusively on its adolescent problems. You will the portraits of the characters who influence Jamie in the construction of his identity. Singularly, they are women: her mother Annette Bening, a tenant of their house, Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and a neighbor, Julie (Elle Fanning). All three represent three ages of life and three generations. Overwhelmed by her teenage son, Dorothea asks Abbie and Julie to help her for her upbringing. Reluctant at first, they eventually participate, voluntarily or not. Dorothea here has a brilliant career but she misses the point with her son, she dismissed her sons questions, her emotion even her own happiness. Well you can tell it is a deep emotional feminist film who is nostalgic and full of hope. Here is a talented director who has written an intelligent story. I myself for some reason is surrounded by female friends I don’t even know how it happened but it did . Do not miss this one.