Entertainment ‘20th Century Women’ review: Film doesn’t have a plot and it doesn’t really need one Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig star in the film "20th Century Women." Photo Credit: TNS / Merrick Morton/A24 By Robert Levin email@example.com @rlevin85 December 27, 2016 8:29 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email With “20th Century Women,” writer-director Mike Mills tells the story of three distinct and interesting women and considers the scope and shape of their lives, while simultaneously locating them within the highly-specific setting suggested by the title. That stands as a major accomplishment in an industry desperate for movies that dare to consider women as individuals with value beyond the superficial. That the semi-autobiographical film plays as well as it does within these parameters — that it introduces us to Dorothea (Annette Bening) and Julie (Elle Fanning) and Abbie (Greta Gerwig), the most important figures in the life of Dorothea’s son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) circa the cultural awakenings around 1979, and holds our interest as it unpacks the essence of who they are — demonstrates Mills’ aptitude for spinning a series of seemingly mundane moments into something deeper. The movie doesn’t have a plot, and it doesn’t really need one. The stars, all superb, say all that needs to be said in their characters’ quiet yearning and desperate search for meaning in a world finally allowing them to find it. 20th Century WomenDirected by Mike MillsStarring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy CrudupRated RPlaying at Angelika Film Center, AMC Loews Lincoln Square By Robert Levin firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.