One of the most tender and beautiful familial love stories we’ve seen in years, Mike Mills’s new drama is as aesthetically stunning as it is emotionally resonant. Joaquin Phoenix plays a radio journalist who interviews kids across the country about the future of the world, and supervises his 8-year-old nephew (Woody Norman, an astonishing discovery) while the boy’s mom (Gaby Hoffmann) helps his dad (Scoot McNairy) through a mental-health crisis. With its singular balance of scruffy humanity and sharp composition—DP Robbie Ryan’s gorgeous black-and-white imagery seems to embrace all that it beholds—C’Mon C’Mon has all of Mills’s hallmarks: intelligence, compassion, deep attunement to family dynamics, and outstanding style. Led by Phoenix at his most endearing and Hoffmann as radiantly intuitive as ever, the fine ensemble, also including Jaboukie Young-White and a lovely bunch of young non-actor interviewees, achieves a whole new standard of relatability. –Jonathan Kiefer
Our Centerpiece program features a screening of C’Mon C’Mon and an onstage conversation with writer-director Mike Mills.
Sponsored by VICKIE SOULIER
Reception sponsored by
Tuesday, Oct 12, 6:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center (Centerpiece program)
Program: $40 Member | $45 General
Thursday, Oct 14, 4:30pm, CinéArts Sequoia
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
After getting his start making short films and music videos, Berkeley native Mike Mills made his feature debut with Thumbsucker (2005). He directed Christopher Plummer to a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award® with his second feature, Beginners (2010), and with 20th Century Women, garnered his own first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Chelsea Barnard, Andrea Longacre-White, Lila Yacoub