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​watch greta gerwig, elle fanning, and annette bening shine in the trailer for '20th century women'

Set in late 70s California, the film focuses on three women exploring love and freedom, against a backdrop of the sexual revolution and the LA punk scene.

by Charlotte Gush
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Sep 28 2016, 3:11pm

A sunny trailer has been released for 20th Century Women, the upcoming film from Oscar-winning director Mike Mills. The film stars i-D cover star Elle Fanning, indie darling Greta Gerwig, and Hollywood powerhouse Annette Bening. Bening plays Dorothea, a single mother raising her teenage son Jamie in Santa Barbara in 1979. She teaches him about love and freedom, with the input of photographer and punk loving Abbie (a redheaded Gerwig), and the influence of a teen neighbor, "badass Julie." As Fanning describes her on Instagram: "She likes sneaking cigs."

Though the trailer doesn't give too much away, it is spliced with still shots of red lipstick, a Black Flag record, a gig photo of Alice Bag of late 70s punk band Bags, and birth control pills -- a nod to the ongoing sexual revolution. The trailer starts with President Jimmy Carter's famous 1979 speech, in which -- faced with an energy crisis and recession -- he characterized "what's wrong with America" as a "crisis of confidence": "It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will," he said in the televised speech. "We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation," he continued, adding, "The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America."

'20th Century Women' is released on Christmas Day.

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