This is simply one of the better movies I've seen in the last year. 20th Century Women tells the story of a single mother finding the best way to raise her teenage son by enlisting the people around her to help, written by Mike Mills. One of the most interesting parts of the film besides the amazing production design is the way the story jumps time and perspectives. The story is narrated by the young son and its sort of a reflection on how he was raised. Throughout the movie he changes the narrating perspective between the three women and comments on how they all raised him into the man he's become.
Though the story changes perspectives it still services a pretty clear narrative all tied to the son. It also finds away to build and maintain satisfying endings to each supporting characters subplot. Each character is given a voice and is clearly expressed through their actions and dialogue. They all device the story in interesting and fulfilling ways. There is a scene where they all come down to eat breakfast after each character has experienced something and sort of has a secret In a way. For a moment they all is there in silence but , through their brilliant acting and effective character development the viewer knows what each individual is thinking and how they would react to each other. This film really makes me feel connected to them as if they were my next door neighbors.