The big comeback of Mike Mills, director of the unforgettable Beginners, and Joaquin Phoenix, in his first role since Joker, is surprising and completely redefines his image in C'mon C'mon. His character, Johnny, a radio journalist, learns to listen carefully, create lasting bonds, correct past mistakes and... hug. Mills’ intimate black and white film builds bridges between generations, cheers up audiences and patches-up our most painful wounds. Phoenix plays a New York single man who traverses America with a microphone, asking kids and teenagers about their lives, dreams, superpowers and plans for the future. Along the way, the reporter visits a sister who lives in Los Angeles (Gaby Hoffman), whom he has not spoken to in years, and who now needs his help. To support her in caring for her nine-year-old son (Woody Norman), Johnny takes him to New York. The journey turns out to be a lesson in patience, responsibility and simply adulthood, which the journalist has so far avoided. Phoenix, Hoffman and Norman create a flawlessly harmonious trio on screen, and Woody, delightfully natural, is a movie phenomenon the likes of which we haven’t seen in years.
Born in 1966, Mike Mills is a director, writer, graphic artist, photographer, known primarily as the director of Debutants (2010), which brought Christopher Plummer an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He has directed music videos for Air, Yoko Ono, and Moby, as well as designing album covers, including for Sonic Youth and Beastie Boys. In his films, he primarily looks at family and intergenerational relations.
2005 Rodzinka / Thumbsucker
2007 Does Your Soul Have A Cold? (doc.)
2010 Debiutanci / Beginners
2016 Kobiety i XX wiek / 20th Century Women
2021 C’mon, C’mon