Mike Mills—20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker—12/19/2016

Director Mike Mills (Beginners) again explores his family and his upbringing with 20th Century Women, a fascinating and stylish character study of three generations of women pitching in to raise a teenage boy (based on Mills himself). Much as Beginners dealt with Mills' father, 20th Century Women deals with Mills' mother, in the form of a character played by the great Annette Bening. Mills and I discussed his films, his work with actors, and his Criterion Collection inspirations in this chat conducted at San Francisco's Ritz-Carlton Hotel on December 19, 2016.