20th Century Women

20th Century Women

Les Femmes Du 20e Siècle

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"The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s"--www.imdb.com.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FIC Twent
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1

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britprincess1ajax
May 15, 2017

(naming a pair of birds that mate for life) "How about Maximilian and Carlotta? They deserve something grand, you know, if they're going to be monogamous their whole life."

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britprincess1ajax
May 15, 2017

"You can handle it. And if you can't, well, you have to start somewhere. Men always feel like they have to fix things for women, but they're not doing anything. Some things just can't be fixed. Just be there. Somehow that's hard for all of you."
"Mom, I'm not all men, okay? I'm just me."
"Well, yes and no."

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britprincess1ajax
May 15, 2017

"Do you think you're happy? Like as happy as you thought you'd be when you were my age?"
"Seriously? You don't ask people questions like that."
"But you're my mom."
(laughing) "Especially your mom. Look, wondering if you're happy is a great short cut to just feeling depressed."

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britprincess1ajax
May 15, 2017

"I just think that having your heart broken is a tremendous way to learn about the world."

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britprincess1ajax
May 18, 2017

I love films set in the seventies -- not necessarily films created in the seventies, but modern films set in the seventies. They are flooding the market more and more and they tend to be delightful. I liked the television program SWINGTOWN which explored the dynamics of that period, which gives off a familiar energy; you get that same vibe off of 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, although it is a bit more serious and dramatic. It feels somehow like an equally complicated and simple time, both laidback and swept up. Being weird was par for the course. Everyone was a little bit peculiar. And I think this film doesn't just serve as an ode to the director's mother, a true tale of a remarkable woman who decides to raise her son after her divorce in the best way she can, filling her house with an eclectic set of characters, all with their own quirks but abundantly caring and loving. I think this film is devoted, too, in part to the seventies, the era itself, a time of great change and progress and eye-opening, world-shattering moments, an era which reveals itself most profoundly to those who lived through it as something of a rite of passage. There's a touch of melancholy here, no doubt, but this film embraces the turbulence, the fun and the fearful elements of that time, all while plotting the course of the empowerment of a young man raised by women. It truly takes a village in 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. And having that village can be a beautiful thing to behold. It's not a typical flick, but I would recommend it.

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