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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

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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 Huggo

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This is what love feels like.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 June 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Beginners, así se siente el amor  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$141,340 (USA) (3 June 2011)

Gross:

$5,776,314 (USA) (2 September 2011)
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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 »

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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 »

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Oliver: Go and have experiences with your own people. I'll be right here... I'm a human. I'm not a dog... And you're a Jack Russell and that's a breed... Your personality was created by this guy John Russell, who was a hunting enthusiast in the 1800's. And he bred your ancestors for their stamina and their courage for the hunt. You think you're you and you want to chase the foxes, but... other people planted that in you years ago. And now somewhat arbitrarily you're considered very cute by us humans. ...
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A late life discovery. A love story that transforms and it's memorable even though different it's comparable.
21 November 2011 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

"Beginners" is a film that may not be everyone's cup of tea, still it's an emotional drama that is touching a memorable film it proves love is complex and unexpected yet it's memorable and often a late discovery and no matter how different it's the same. Set in 2003 in California a graphic designer Oliver(Ewan McGregor)starts to reflect on life, love, and everything in general after the loss of his father Hal(the wonderful Christopher Plummer). And interesting enough as after decades of marriage Oliver's father finally came out of the closet before his death to terminal cancer and told the world that he was gay. After 45 years of being married at age 75 Hal comes out of the closet, I guess it shows in life it's never to late to discover or show your own true feelings. Really humans can be so transformed.

Director Mike Mills showcases the story of this picture mostly thru flashback as Oliver has memories of the times with his father Hal, and in an interesting subplot Oliver begins a love and intimate relationship with a free spirited French actress Anna(Melanie Laurent), and it's here that Oliver learns a lot about life and love as he tries to connect the times with memories of his father's secret love life. Even though different this promotes Oliver to open himself up to the hope of true love with Anna. Like any love story it shows that life and love is complex with ups and downs. And the film is blended with humor and sex appeal. Most of all it proves that being one's self and true discovery is never to late, and it's only right to give love a chance be true to yourself for happiness. "Beginners" is one film that's emotional and touching it can start your heart feeling some tender love and gentle comfort.


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