Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning costar in the Mike Mills film
It takes a village to raise a teenage boy — or perhaps a few 20th Century Women.
A24 and Annapurna Pictures have released the first trailer for Mike Mills’ drama starring Annette Bening as Dorothea Fields, a determined single mother rearing an adolescent son (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) amid the cultural and economic tumult of the late ’70s.
Opening with the sounds of President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “Crisis of Confidence” speech, the trailer contrasts idyllic images of the film’s Santa Barbara setting with Carter’s ominous words. “We’ve always believed that the days of our children would be better than our own,” Carter says, “but we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.”
In raising Jamie (Zumann), Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women: Greta Gerwig’s Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Elle Fanning’s Julie, savvy teenage neighbor. She also dispenses such wisdom as, “Having your heart broken is a tremendous way to learn about the world.”
Mills, who previous credits include Thumbsucker and Beginners, has described the film as “an ode to the women who raised me.” Watch the first trailer above.
20th Century Women will premiere Oct. 8 at the New York Film Festival before opening in theaters Dec. 25.