20th Century Women

Synopsis: Love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in the the late 70's. The ignorance of a free spirit against the needs of a young man trying to find his true character and beliefs. Living in a bohemian household shared with 3 like minded spirited people to help pay the rent, his mother tries to establish bonds that he cannot deal with. She cannot deal with his inability to talk, and enlists the help of other females in his life to share the burden of his upbringing. Slowly life unravels for them all without understanding how. In spite of their perceived struggles, they all go on to live defined lives without any serious consequences.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Mills
Production: A24 Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 67 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

That was my husband's Ford Galaxy.

We drove Jamie home...

from the hospital in that car.

My mom was 40 when she had me.

Everyone told her the she was

too old to be a mother.

I put my hand through the little

window and he squeezed my finger.

And I tell 'em, life was very big.

And unknown.

And she told me that

there were animals.

And sky and cities.



He'd fall in love.

Have his own children.

Have passions.

Have meaning.

Have his mom and dad.

And they got divorced...

My father moved back east

and left the car with us.

He calls on birthdays and Christmas.

Last time I felt close to him,

was on my birthday in 1974.

He bought me mirrored sun glasses.

I saw the President fall downstairs.

And I threw up on the carpet.

Since then it's just been us.

You will go up to that plane.

No Richard no, what has

happened to you last night...

Listen, Captain.

I am having a party tonight,

it's my birthday actually.

And I would like you to drop by,

So I can feed you.

It's not necessary, Ms. Fields.

No, Dorothea, no... I insist.


It was a beautiful car.

Mom, It smelled like gas

and overheated all the time.

It was just old.


Well, it wasnt always old.

Just got that way all of a sudden.

You know?

When the firemen come...

people don't usually invite them for dinner.

Yeah, why not?

I can't just move on...

be happy with my life, and...

bring blame on him.

That just makes me feel like

I'm not good enough.

It is inconsistently

being compared to my dad.

Hey, sorry.

Jamie's not here right now.

They are not home.


I'm taking a picture of everything

that happens to me in a day.

I don't like having my pictures taken.

I didn't happen to you.


- Hey, hi.

- Hi.


You aren't gonna believe...

- what happened.

- What?

Our car burst into flames

in the parking lot.


- Seriously?

- Are you okay?

Yeah, we are okay.

How did it happen?

I don't know. They said it was

probably just something electrical.

We walked down and it

was just sitting there.

On fire.

Oh Man!

- Yes.

- I'm sorry.


What happened...?

They never tell you, anything.

I will know anything for

like a week.

And I'm..

I'm gonna be late on rent.

That's okay, don't worry about that.


Oh God!

What if you've been in the car?

I wouldn't be here.

You would've missed me?

Don't joke.

It's so much easier

before you got all horny.

- But it's not like you don't...

- Do what?

Friends can have sex and still be friends.

I like us, like we are, okay?


Jamie, Could you come help me

set out please?

Can my mom just chill out?

She is compensating for her loneliness.


All that is really beautiful moulding.

It is.

I wanna continue

that around the side.


we are gonna have to rematch that.

Now is that...

Is that actually wood?

- Or is that plaster?

- The plaster is underneath it.

The moulding on the outside. There is wood.

Okay. It's gonna take a little bit of time.

- But...

- We got.

Okay, no, it's good.

Actually, it was built in 1905.

And the same family had it forever,

but they lost all their money

during the war.

And then there was a fire and...

They should have been hit with that.


So... It was just a mess,

they've let it fall apart.

Then a bohemian inherited it in '60s...

and free spirits moved down.

- And they lost it to the bank.

- Beautiful.

I completely fell in love with them...

We are connected to the dirt,

'cause we came from the dirt.

The dirt is made of stars.

and started out the

same way that we are.

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Mike Mills

Michael C. "Mike" Mills is an American film and music video director and graphic designer. He is perhaps best known for his independent films Thumbsucker and Beginners. more…

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