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
At 82 years of age, Christopher Plummer won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this film and became the oldest person to ever win an Oscar for acting. 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 »
And I can really see Anna's eyes in 2003. Her ears. Her feet. This is what it looks like when she says, 'I love you,' in 2003. This is what it looks like when she cries. When she tells me there's always a new empty room waiting for her. They used to make her feel free. Now they make her feel the opposite of free.
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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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