Daniel Nava reviews “20th Century Women” on Chicago Cinema Circuit


Don’t trust a man on the subject of his parents. He’ll try to camouflage his experiences, unable to grapple with the reality that his perspective is arrested from childhood. He views his parents through the lens of a child and can’t will himself out of that reality, no matter how happy or unhappy his childhood may have been. That’s a critical obstacle to consider when approaching Mike Mills’ new film, 20th Century Women. It’s a (quasi)?- autobiographical account of Mills’ childhood, with a particular emphasis on the women that shaped his worldview. There’s a gleaming, nostalgic quality that speaks directly to our inability to confront our parents, particularly our mothers, without succumbing to wistfulness. But while Mills may be prone to romanticizing his milieu and characters, he contextualizes them within a historical framework.


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