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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 relationships 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 losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, 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 take... Written by
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 »
ICU Nurse #1:
Drinking is not allowed in the room.
[Everybody expresses dissatisfaction]
Oh, it's not?
[Someone says sorry]
No, no, no... no, no. She's a wonderful nurse. Here's to health care.
[Everybody laughs loudly]
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Sharply seen and acted and written, and that's all I need in a movie
A deceptively perfect title, and one that makes you think about the larger meanings of this simple human drama. A single man has a decent life on his own, but he seems a bit lonely, and he begins taking care of his father in his declining months. The father has come out as gay after decades in the closet. The son is so steady and loving it all seems fine, even though there are questions and lingering emotional issues as he realizes he was raised by his father who never told his mother about his true orientation.
Or so it seems, and the pieces slowly, and rather beautifully, fall together. A woman enters the life of the son, and even here it is hesitant and gladly so. It falters. Everything falters, in fact, but never crumbles. And this main character, played with wonderful ordinary ease by Ewan McGregor, is more and more interesting.
That's what this movie is about. It has so many flash backs as it moves forward, I could almost reveal every detail, including the ending, and nothing is spoiled because it isn't what happens but how it's told that matters. And I mean not just the structure of the film and the choices of what to reveal when, but also the acting and interactions between the three main actors that bring it to life.
Along with McGregor, Christopher Plummer makes a wonderful aging, dying man who still loves life and lives it as fully as you can expect. And the young woman who appears partway through is played by the increasingly well known French actress, Melanie Laurent (who I first noticed in "Inglourious Basterds"). She adds a slightly different lilt to the romantic aspects of the film, and is a necessary component to the whole.
The themes here should strike home to everyonelove, death, change, faith in the unknown, joy of life, and so on. Yeah, big stuff that lands pretty squarely in scene after scene.
Who is director Mike Mills? Good questions, especially as he also wrote this movie. He's sort of a newcomer, or at least with a short history of short films and a recent documentary (as well an earlier role as music video producer). He made "Thumbsucker" which cost $4 million and took in $2 million, so a rocky start there. Bu the groundwork pays off somehow here, and the pieces click together even though this is, it seems, only his second feature fiction movie. Eager for more!
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