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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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Storyline

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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death | terrier | flashback | cancer | actress | See more »

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This is what love feels like.

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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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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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Trivia

'Melanie Laurent' was cast after director Mike Mills saw a video of her on Youtube giving an interview where she was smoking and wearing no makeup. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Oliver: I've always wanted to have a phone call with somebody who doesn't talk.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.19 (2011) See more »

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Sweet Jazz Music
Written by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (as Joseph Ferdinand Morton)
Performed by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (as Jelly Roll Morton)
Courtesy of the Alan Lomax Library of Congress Recordings/New Rounder, LLC.
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Humanity is the thing
25 December 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

That's what I took with me and stayed with me. The humanity in Ewan MacGregor's eyes. Sadness and joy unmistakable in its deepness and its pungent recognition. Christopher Plummer is superb as the 75 year old who confesses to his son, he's been gay all his life and after the death of his wife, a sublime Mary Page Keller, he allows that side of his nature to take off and experiment, for the first time in his life, in an honest loving relationship with another man, the odd and lovely Goran Visnjic. As if this wasn't enough, a dog. An extraordinary creature who carries as much humanity as its human counterparts. Melanie Laurent adds an extra pinch of sexual sympathy. "Beginners" will play beautifully on the small screen so I predict a long life for this unexpected treat.


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