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    Earlier this month, director Mike Mills paid a visit to New York in support of his third narrative feature, 20th Century Women, a deeply personal coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy growing up in Carter-era Southern California with his single mother (Annette Bening) and her eccentric tenants (Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup). Nominated for two Golden Globes, this moving follow-up to Mills’s Oscar-winning Beginners candidly explores the bond between mothers and sons, the pain of first love, and the challenges and disappointments of everyday life.

    While he was in town, Mills stopped by our office to talk about the Italian director Ermanno Olmi, whose spacious visual compositions and subtle characterizations have had a profound impact on his sensibility. In the below video—the second in our new Under the Influence series—Mills explains why he considers Olmi’s beautiful humanist dramas Il posto and I fidanzati his personal Xanax.

1 comment

  • By cinewolf
    December 25, 2016
    10:59 AM

    We arent conditioned to watch films like this (in the way Mills describes) and films certainly are hardly ever made like this anymore- everyones far too impatient- yet it still can be so interesting if you can just slow down enough to go with the natural flow and observe and kind of disappear into the pacing and let yourself be guided. It really does have a peaceful effect. A lot like Ozu in that sense. Look forward to more of these, thanks Criterion.