The new film «20th Century Women» of Mike Mills begins more and more popular everyday, one of the main reasons is about the cinema is an example of unusual view at a feminist story. At the same time it demonstrates what the 20th century has meant for us and how it has worked.

At the begging, it seems that this story is about sunny Santa Barbara in 1979 and women from these years but, continuing, a viewer understands that it`s a little bit a collective image of the shining and amazing women of the century as «the women of their time.» The specific plot and the famous actors make the film so beautiful and touchable. Dorothea, played by Annette Bening, was born in 1924 among the Great Depression and has a feminist success story, becoming the first and only woman to work in the Continental Can Company`s drafting room and having her son Jamie. Abbie (Greta Gerwig) is a second-wave feminist in her mid-20s with bright red hair and a love of photography and punk.

She lived nearby Dorothea’s house and had her cervical cancer which was officially in remission. Julie (Elle Fanning) was 17-year-old who understood lots about life and sex. Except one night when she climbed into Jamie’s room and was talking to him so much all the night. The smoking Dorothea is both so lovely, wonderful, charming and emotionally difficult because of her searching answers for heart-to-heart`s questions. Abbie is smart and kind like in case of repeating the word «menstruation» until it begins comfortable for everybody on the dinner. Julie is morally strong and rebelling against her mother, against the wedding question.

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

«20th Century Women» shows a real life in a bohemian light which makes the scenes magic. According critics, due to Annette Bening`s brilliant playing and Mike Mills` skills, creating a semi-autobiographical homage to his own mother. «All my therapy was about my mother,» Mills told the New Yorker`s Tad Friend. It`s a mixing of a light drama and fantastic storylines. «The hinge of the film is here. Julie is uncomfortable with the request—”I don’t want to be his mom,” she says, before asking, “Don’t you need a man to raise a man?”—but Abbie takes it on with gusto. She quickly becomes a sort of punky godmother to Jamie, sneaking him beers at a club, teaching him how to talk to girls, and introducing him to what Dorothea calls “hardcore feminism stuff.” Later, when Abbie’s doctor tells her that, because of her surgery, she has an “incompetent cervix” and may not be able to carry a pregnancy to term, we get some insight into her motivation—she wants to become a mother and struggles with the fact that she may not be able to.»

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

The hardcore feminism produces hardcore problems too. For example, Jamie learns about the female orgasm which is a result of combinations, not simple technics or penetrations. «Never have sex with just the vagina—have sex with the whole woman,» William tells Jamie at the dinner table. Also, there are some sex discussions and argues between characters. «I think stripped down I look more attractive than my ex-husband, but I am sexually and socially obsolete and he is not,» Jamie recites as Dorothea becomes increasingly angry at what her well-meaning son is implying. «So you think you know me better because you read that,» she responds and go smoking. Shortly after that she tells Abbie that she needs to stop it because of it`s «too much for a high school kid.»

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

Surely, the plot isn`t only about orgasms. Also, this is about too hard world for women. Dynamic characters shows clearly the period when smart, clever, desperate women who just has been wanting to be praised and control their lives. The end of the story is a happy end. Despite Dorothea`s death — it`s 20 years later when she meets the man of her life and builds a couple for the rest of her life. Abbie doesn`t hear her doctor and has 2 boys. By the way, Julie goes to New York University, moves to Paris and decides there not to have any children. «20th Century Women» has two main feminist themes: sex and childbirth. «It has given us a lovely look at a brief period of his own life, a nice vision of people having problems and overcoming them that doesn’t have much to do with the sweeping title, except in soundtrack. It’s perhaps not super empowering to admit that the particular nature of women, both those depicted in this film and those everywhere else, is often defined by the obstacles we face. But it is, unfortunately, the truth,» believes Mills.

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

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