20TH CENTURY WOMEN — Review by Martha K. Baker

Dorothea, a product of the 1940s and 50s, is the single, rather Bohemian mother of a growing boy in 1979. Jamie, at an awkward age, needs guidance into manhood, so ever-helpful and liberated, his mother asks help from two young women. Julie is the growing girl next door, who sneaks into Jamie’s bedroom to sleep with him — no sex, just companionship because, she feels, they are too close as friends. Abbie, a photographer, is in her twenties and lives in the same house with Jamie and Dorothea. She is immature but has Jamie’s ear. Also practically living there is the contractor, fixing up the money pit of a house. Dorothea is attracted to him in her quirky way.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week January 20-27, 2017: 2OTH CENTURY WOMEN

Director Mike Mills’ new film 20TH Century Women has been described as a love letter to his mother. But it is also a portrait of a time and place, and a collection of people perched on the edge of change.Opening January 20, 2017, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 20th CENTURY WOMEN.

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