A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
It's 2003. Thirty-eight year old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationship with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family loss. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress. Oliver is hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death and Hal's new outlook on life during that time will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to... Written by
The film is partly autobiographical because many of the events that happened to Hal and Oliver are based on Mike Mills' experiences when his own father came out as gay and began a homosexual relationship after Mike's mother died. See more »
On Hal Fields' death certificate, it says "Date of death: 09/17/04". We know from the movie that he's already passed away in 2003. See more »
My name is Anna. You're worried you can't trust me because you don't know who I am. I get it; that makes sense to me.
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Movies like this tend to become slushy and preachy - but Beginners is a nice exception. Topics like love, sexual minorities, alienation, perfunctoriness etc are depicted nicely and with piety. The director has also done a great job by mixing different eras and generations into one smooth line, that viewers do not feel themselves getting lost or confused.
Actors are also great, but the real star is Christopher Plummer - luckily he got an Academy Award for his superb performance. For a straight man, it must be difficult to depict a gay terminally ill... Being not, in fact, the main character, he often "steals the show".
Recommendable to people with liberal views who are fond of romance beyond gender and age.
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