'Thumbsucker' director Mike Mills is back in theaters with his second feature film, 'Beginners.' A highly personal film for the indie filmmaker, 'Beginners' followers Oliver (Ewan McGregor) -- a lonely, pensive guy whose old, widowed father (Christopher Plummer) comes out of the closet in his final days, when he is stricken with cancer. As Oliver comes to terms with this new version of his father, as well as his father's mortality, he meets Anna (Melanie Laurent), a mysteriously charming woman who offers a romantic balance to the turmoil in Oliver's life.

Moviefone sat down with Mills last month and talked about how he took truths from his own life -- his father coming out and subsequently dying -- and crafted not a biographical portrait, but rather a look into happiness, loss, and self-discovery.