Annette Bening is already getting some early Oscar buzz for 20th Century Women, director Mike Mills’ take on the changing social and cultural mores as the ’60s-hangover that was the 1970s transitioned into the go-go 1980s. Set in 1979, the film sees Bening as a single mom in Santa Barbara, CA raising her son, and trying to figure out her own life in the process. In the new trailer released this morning, we see the film’s exploration of how to raise a man in a changing world where old norms — not to mention definitions of masculinity — are being swept away by an uncertain future. Watch it above now.
Surprisingly, this specific point in time isn’t over-exploited in filmic storytelling. The last gasps of the ’70s just before the onset of the Reagan decade is an interesting time, not only for what was happening politically — this is one year after the passage of California’s Proposition 13 that still has lasting effects to this day — but for the music. And so it is that the soundtrack, or at least what we’re hearing in this trailer, emphasizes the emerging post-punk and new wave movement as well as the waning days of classic rock. And who doesn’t love Talking Heads’ “Big Country”? Certainly not me, that song is wonderful.
Check out the new poster below: