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’20th Century Women’ Director Mike Mills Gets Personal Without Getting Precious

Like his previous film "Beginners," which drew on his relationship with his father, Mills has once again fictionalized a very personal subject matter.

Mike Mills’s Twentieth Century Women is a semi-autobiographical film documenting his own relationship with his mother growing up in late ’70s California. Like his previous film Beginners, which drew on his relationship with his father, Mills has once again fictionalized a very personal subject matter.

“If you’re doing something personal, you have to burn it,” Mills tells Wired. “You can’t get precious about it. You have to give them the keys to the car, because you need the actor to feel full authorship. You need to infect them.”

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