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Infinitely Polar Bear

R| 1 hr. 27 min.

Plot Summary

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While most fathers spend their days at work, CAM STUART (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found mushroom-hunting, cooking elaborate meals, or working on one of his many half completed projects. His family’s wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. When Cam has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife MAGGIE (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters, AMELIA and FAITH, are forced to leave their house in the country and move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge, where Maggie tries to find a decent job, with no luck.

Broke, stressed, and overwhelmed, Maggie applies to business school and is accepted to Columbia University’s MBA program. Seeing this as her chance to build a better life for their daughters, Maggie asks Cam to become the primary caregiver for the girls while she completes her degree in New York. After all, routine is what the doctor ordered and the girls miss their dad. Cam agrees, hoping to rebuild his family. But the two spirited girls are not interested in making things easy for him.

With Maggie away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he’s in over his head. Over the course of the next 18 months, as Maggie rushes to complete her degree, he learns, through trial and a lot of error, how to take care of his precocious daughters as well as himself. After years of struggling to find his place in the world, Cam may finally have found where he fits in.

Cast: Mark Ruffalo , Zoe Saldana , Imogene Wolodarsky , Ashley Aufderheide , Beth Dixon , Keir Dullea , Georgia Lyman , Chris Papavasiliou

Director: Maya Forbes

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

Release Date: June 19th, 2015|1 hr. 27 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • The movie is a small miracle, lifted by Ruffalo and these two remarkable young actresses. Refusing to soften the edges when Cam is off his meds, Ruffalo is a powerhouse. He and Forbes craft an indelibly intimate portrait of what makes a family when the roles of parent and child are reversed. show more

  • More emphasis on these darker, subterranean elements might have made for a fuller experience, but Infinitely Polar Bear is really all about a father as seen from a child’s perspective. It’s better than a scrapbook item, as in a film made to be appreciated by one family. But it’s not quite a successful movie. show more

  • Mark Ruffalo is yet again a revelation in Infinitely Polar Bear, and he’s not the only one. This is a first feature by Maya Forbes, yet many of its accomplishments put far more experienced filmmakers in the shade. show more

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  • June 28, 2015 kasandraoftroy
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    We went to see "Infinitely Bipolar Bear" on a rainy day expecting nothing. Instead we saw the most incredible film we have seen in a long time. Sensitively understated, it is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Do not miss it. Mark Ruffalo's performance is brilliant and compelling. he brought bipolar disorder to life in a credinble and human depiction worthy of an Academy Award. Bravo!

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