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Beginners (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  9 June 2011 (Germany)
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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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9 June 2011 (Germany)  »

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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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Altought the movie is setted at Los Angeles, CA, none of the main cast is from USA. Ewan McGregor is from Scotland, Christopher Plummer is from Canada, Melánie Laurent is from France, and Goran Visnjic is from Yugoslavia. See more »

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Oliver (Ewan McGregor) goes to a fancy party as Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, but his accent is more Bavarian than Austrian. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Well, I'm gonna have to kill you now.
Anna: Hm... why?
Oliver: Because I'm falling in love with you.
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4 Seasons 'Spring' - Allegro
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Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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A Powerfully Understated Piece Of Filmmaking
2 July 2014 | by (Worcester, England) – See all my reviews

For a film with such a haunting and depressing scenario, 'Beginners' is a surprisingly powerful and perceptive piece of cinema. When I first read the synopsis, I was a bit doubtful about the concept and was uncertain as to whether it was worth a watch, however after learning that the film was partially autobiographical and based on the life of writer-director Mike Mills, I decided to give it a try, convinced by the inspiration of Mills' first-person experiences. 'Beginners' blends comedy and romance against a dramatic backdrop in order to create a charming and character-driven story. In my opinion, it is Christopher Plummer's Oscar-winning performance that really sells the picture accompanied by some assuring performances from Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent. 'Beginners' is a powerfully understated piece of independent filmmaking that maintains it's emotional resonance from start to finish.


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