• Beginners (2011)

Beginners

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

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