• Beginners (2011)


Release Date: June 3rd, 2011

DVD Release Date: November 15th, 2011

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, comes out of the closet. When Hal passes away a few years later, Oliver grows depressed, struggling with his failing career as an artist while constantly remembering his childhood and time spent with his dad. Oliver's loneliness is eased when he meets actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent), but their relationship is threatened by their mutual fear of commitment.

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos

Director: Mike Mills

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Parts & Labor

Keywords: Moving, 2000s, House, Transformation, Son, Offbeat, Love, Los Angeles, Father, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 85
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    Beginners is all about beginnings that begin with endings - the point, Mills seems to be saying, is that sometimes you need to say good-bye to make room for hello. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    All the movie's playfulness rubs off on the actors. Scenes crackle with life. The chemistry among all the actors is terrific. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory. show more

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Winner Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role