Annette Bening (Dorothea Fields), Greta Gerwig
(Abbie Porter), Elle Fanning (Julie Hamlin), Lucas Jade Zumann (Jamie Fields), Billy Crudup (William)
Writer-director Mike Mills brings this semi-autobiographical
story to the screen, set in 1970's Santa Barbara, starring Annette Bening as a single mother who runs a boarding house, and enlists the help of her tenants to help raise her son in a world she no
longer recognises or understands.
The performances of the three principal actresses are
fantastic, and their characters are well fleshed out by Mills, but the overall result could have done with being about 20 minutes shorter.