Beginners Poster

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

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety. And a never-better Plummer is simply stupendous, refusing any call to sentiment as he shows us Hal's resonant lunge at life. Mills works the same way. Beginners is one from the bruised heart. show more

  • What's refreshing about Beginners is its sympathy for all of its characters, which translates into the characters' sympathy for each other. show more

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