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Beginners -- Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent star in this uplifting comedy about a father's confession and how it inspires his son to open himself up to a true relationship.
Beginners -- 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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  (in credits order)

Ewan McGregor ... Oliver Fields

Christopher Plummer ... Hal Fields

Mélanie Laurent ... Anna

Goran Visnjic ... Andy

Kai Lennox ... Elliot

Mary Page Keller ... Georgia

Keegan Boos ... Young Oliver Fields

China Shavers ... Shauna

Melissa Tang ... Liz

Amanda Payton ... Party Person
Luke Diliberto ... Green Witch

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Magician

Bambadjan Bamba ... The Sads
Hana Jane ... The Sads (as Hana Hwang)
Samuel T. Ritter ... The Sads

Jennifer Lauren ... Record Company Rep

Reynaldo Pacheco ... Juan

Jodi Long ... Dr. Long

Bruce French ... Dr. Wright
Leslie Shea ... ICU Nurse #1

Michael Chieffo ... Hal's Priest

Jennifer Hasty ... Secretary

Rodney Saulsberry ... 1978 Museum Staff
June Sanders ... 1978 Fancy Woman

Catherine McGoohan ... 1978 Older Woman

Terry Walters ... Terse Nurse

Lana Young ... ICU Nurse #2

Algerita Wynn ... Nice Nurse (as Algerita Lewis)
Regina McKee Redwing ... Strict Nurse (as Regina Redwing)
Sunday Burke ... Home Nurse #1
Patrick Birkett ... Hal Look-Alike
Sabera Wise ... Skating Rink Manager

Rafael J. Noble ... Brian

Jose Yenque ... Robert
T.G. Cody ... The Primetimers
Patrick Scott ... The Primetimers
Ton Suckhasem ... The Primetimers
Charles Valentino ... The Primetimers
Seth T. Walker ... The Primetimers (as Seth Walker)
Michael Laren ... The Primetimers (as Michael Wilhelms)

Cosmo ... Arthur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Elder ... Cat Dancer (uncredited)
Sean Grady ... Dancer at Bar (uncredited)

Shelley Robertson ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Nurse's Aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Mills 
Writing credits
Mike Mills (written by)

Produced by
Miranda de Pencier .... producer
Fran Giblin .... co-producer
Lars Knudsen .... producer
Geoff Linville .... co-producer
Joan Scheckel .... executive producer
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Jay Van Hoy .... producer
Dean Vanech .... producer
Original Music by
Roger Neill 
Dave Palmer  (as David Palmer)
Brian Reitzell 
Cinematography by
Kasper Tuxen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Olivier Bugge Coutté  (as Olivier Bugge Coutte)
Casting by
Nicole Daniels 
Courtney Sheinin  (as Courtney Bright)
Production Design by
Shane Valentino 
Set Decoration by
Coryander Friend 
Costume Design by
Jennifer Johnson 
Makeup Department
John Arsineault .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Ginger Damon .... additional hair stylist
Julie Anna Kehoe .... hair stylist: New York
Veronica Lorenz .... additional makeup artist
Frances Mathias .... hair department head
Frances Mathias .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... key makeup artist: additional photography
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... makeup department head
Roxy D'Alonzo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Anthony Brandonisio .... production executive: Olympus Pictures
Fran Giblin .... unit production manager
Rod Smith .... unit production manager: additional photography
Carrie Tyson .... production supervisor (as Carrie A. Tyson)
Erik S. Weigel .... production supervisor: New York (as Erik Weigel)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Daly .... first assistant director: New York
Patrick Huber .... second assistant director: New York
Joe Roddey .... second assistant director
Joe Roddey .... second assistant director: additional photography
Rod Smith .... first assistant director
Rod Smith .... first assistant director: additional photography
Marc Turchin .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Thomas A. Delillo .... leadman: New York (as Tom Delillo)
Chris Eguia .... property master: additional photography
Perry E. Ellis .... leadman (as Perry Ellis)
Melissa Gelmo .... assistant property master (as Missy Gelmo)
Robert Greenfield .... set dresser
Daniel Karasele .... set dresser
Carol Kiefer .... art department coordinator
Daniel Kuzmick .... set dresser
Allan Lane .... set dresser
Chris Larsen .... leadman: additional photography
Michael F. Loomer .... on-set dresser (as Mike Loomer)
Joe Mason .... art department assistant
Bob New .... set dresser (as Robert New)
Cynthia Nibler .... property master
David Potter .... set dresser
Anthony Rice .... set dresser
Brana Rosenfeld .... set decorator: additional photography
Corey Swartsel .... set dresser: additional photography
Gerald Willard .... set dresser
Kate Zarvis .... scenic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... dolby sound consultant
Paul Timothy Carden .... adr supervisor
Ryan Collins .... assistant sound editor
Lara Dale .... foley artist
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Christine Huynh .... sound utility
Christine Huynh .... sound
Tim Limer .... mix recordist (as Timothy Limer)
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Nancy MacLeod .... sound effects editor
Teferra McKenzie .... sound mixer: New York
Michael Mesirow .... boom operator: additional photography (as Mike Mesirow)
Brendan Jamieson O'Brien .... boom operator: New York (as Brendan O'Brien)
Sarah Payan .... dialogue editor (as Sarah Rudolph Payan)
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer (as Josh Reinhardt)
James Ridgley .... sound mixer: additional photography
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Susumu Tokunow .... sound mixer
Mandell Winter .... dialogue editor
Zach Wrobel .... boom operator
Vincent Cosson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eric Elias .... pyrotechnic fireworks coordinator
Martin Rosenstock .... pyrotechnician
Rebecca Timohovich .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Wes Ball .... visual effects: Oddball Animation
Justin Barber .... visual effects: Oddball Animation
Bradley Hawkins .... visual effects: Oddball Animation (as Brad Hawkins)
Ryland Jones .... visual effects: Oddball Animation
Robert Alonzo .... utility stunts
Matt Baker .... utility stunts
Allison Caetano .... stunt double: Anna
Nash Edgerton .... stunt coordinator
Nash Edgerton .... stunt double: Ewan McGregor
Daniel Stevens .... stunt double: Elliot
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Blauvelt .... director of photography: additional photography
Bob Bradshaw .... company grip
Aaron Burden .... best boy grip: additional photography (as AJ Burden)
David Chameides .... steadicam operator
Andrew Chojnacki .... key grip (as Andy Chojnacki)
Andrew Chojnacki .... key grip: additional photography (as Andy Chojnacki)
Pat Fitzpatrick .... assistant chief lighting technician
Pat Fitzpatrick .... best boy electric (as Patrick Fitzpatrick)
Greg Flores .... company grip
Trevor Fulks .... best boy grip
Erik Guldbech .... gaffer: New York (as Eric Guldbech)
Lauren Haber .... second assistant camera: New York
Stephen MacDougall .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Jen O'Leary .... camera assistant
Joseph Paolini .... key grip: New York (as Joe Paolini)
David Parson .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... gaffer (as Jeff Petersen)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... gaffer: additional photography (as Jeff Petersen)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... supplier: lighting equipment (as Jeff Petersen)
Keith Putnam .... red camera technician: New York
Christopher Raymond .... first assistant camera: New York (as Chris Raymond)
Jan Ruona .... first assistant camera
Adam Richard Sklena .... camera operator (as Adam Sklena)
Davon Slininger .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Jennifer Stuart .... additional second assistant camera
Bret Suding .... red camera technician
Randy Tepper .... still photographer (as Andrew Tepper)
Noah Thomson .... second assistant camera
Lance Hashida .... red camera technician (uncredited)
John Pedone .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bill Dance .... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting
Terence Harris .... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting
Sheri Tucker .... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kristen Bothekan .... costume assistant
Abigail Chapin .... costume assistant
Kameron Lennox .... costume supervisor (as Kameron 'Kammy' Lennox)
Kameron Lennox .... costume supervisor: additional photography (as Kameron 'Kammy' Lennox)
Sandra Poland .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Aaron Beckum .... post-production photoshop artist
Milan Boncich .... digital intermediate colorist
Paul Brady .... digital intermediate technician: additional photography
Anthony Brandonisio .... additional assistant editor: additional photography
Anthony Brandonisio .... post-production coordinator
Tana David .... post facility coordinator
John Eremic .... digital intermediate producer (as John 'Pliny' Eremic)
Sam Geer .... editorial intern
Drew Kilcoin .... first assistant editor
Rosemary H. Marez .... editorial intern (as Rosemary Marez)
Eddie Mikasa .... editorial intern
Benjamin Moses Smith .... digital intermediate conformer
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Tina Guo .... cello
Sanaz Lavaedian .... music clearance coordinator
Michael Perfitt .... score engineer
Eric Thorngren .... score mixer (as Eric 'ET' Thorngren)
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Cory Wood .... music supervisor intern (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jose. A. Anaya .... driver: catering
Ron Annunziata .... driver
Corey Askins .... transportation captain
Bill Benedict .... driver
Bib Ditler .... driver
Brian D. Hall .... driver (as Brian Hall)
Ross W. Holzer .... driver
Joe Johnson .... driver: New York
Todd Story .... driver
Chad Wadsworth .... driver
Ted Joneson .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Sean Afsahi .... production assistant: additional photography
Jose A. Anaya .... head chef
Amanda Beckner .... archival research
Aaron Beckum .... production assistant: additional photography
Katri Billard .... script supervisor: New York
Christopher W. Bodell .... representative: Olympus Capital Investments
Zoe Bower .... post-production facilities manager
Ashly Burch .... production office intern
Rita Colimon .... assistant: Ms. Urdang
Matilda de Cagny .... head animal trainer
André Des Rochers .... production legal services (as Andre Des Rochers)
Christine Detizio .... accounting manager: Olympus Power
Steve Giardina .... production assistant: New York
James Drew Hamilton .... production office intern (as Drew Hamilton)
Megan Hawkins .... representative: Olympus Threatricals
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach
Kathleen Jensen .... production assistant: additional photography
Lucas Joaquin .... assistant: Mr. Van Hoy and Mr. Knudsen
Anne Kelly .... production office intern
Gray Krauss .... production legal services
Christopher Kubek .... set production assistant: second unit, New Mexico
Derrick Landry .... production accountant
Sean P. Lane .... general counsel and secretary: Olympus Power
Rafael Lima .... location manager: New York
Rachel Lucera-Fein .... assistant: Mr. Vanech
Gerry Maravilla .... production office intern (as Gerardo 'Gerry' Maravilla)
Philip W. McCartin .... tax and risk management: Olympus Power
Tammy Mikalouskas .... manager of human resources: Olympus Power
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Ross Miller .... insurance agent: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Dan Milner .... key assistant location manager
Sarah Soquel Morhaim .... assistant: Mr. Mills
Jean Nakahara .... production office coordinator
Geraldine Needle .... studio teacher
Rose Ordile .... animal colorist
Roy Ott .... controller: Olympus Pwer
Brigitte Pauli .... first assistant accountant
Joanne M. Piasecki .... treasurer: Olympus Power
Michael M. Piehler .... assistant location manager
Justin Pierret .... production assistant: New York
Steve Pines .... accounting services (as Steven R. Pines)
Jose Plasencia .... assistant chef
Shima Razavi .... assistant: Mr McGregor
Gregory Riches .... additional legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Michelle Roca .... set production assistant
Riel Roch Decter .... assistant: Ms. Urdang
Riel Roch Decter .... office production assistant
Stephen Scharf .... additional legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Glenn Schneider .... caterer: The Event Department
Dan Sharnoff .... production assistant: New York
Leslie Shea .... medical advisor
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Sussie Sims .... accounting services
Doree Sitterly .... additional animal trainer
Kris Smith .... script supervisor
Kristin Starns .... assistant production office coordinator
Hirotatsu Taniguchi .... key set production assistant
Liz Timperman .... representative: Olympus Threatricals (as Elizabeth Timperman)
Nick Tolmasov .... set medic
Suzy Vaughan .... script clearance researcher: Clearances Unlimited
Jim Welch .... set production assistant: second unit, New Mexico
Jonathan West .... additional legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Ian B. Williams .... assistant: Ms. De Pencier (as Ian Williams)
Skylar A. Wilman .... insurance broker
Skyler Wilman .... insurance agent: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Meredith Wurzbach .... insurance agent: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Jason Ybarra .... key craft service (as Jason 'Buckaroo' Ybarra)
Svetlana Zill .... archival research
Monica Donati .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Hahnah Jackson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gillian Jacobs .... stand-in: reshoots (uncredited)
Harold Manning .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles (uncredited)
Christopher Neil .... rehearsal advisor (uncredited)
Alex Scharfman .... archival research (uncredited)
Sue Yeon Ahn .... thanks (as Sue Ahn)
Kay Babcock .... thanks
Rick Bolton .... thanks
Georgia Cook .... special thanks
Roman Coppola .... thanks
Jonathan Dayton .... thanks
David Eastin .... still image of Anna's ex-boyfriend with cat courtesy of
Rachel Eastin .... still image of Anna's ex-boyfriend with cat courtesy of
Valerie Faris .... thanks (as Valerie Ferris)
Kim Hamilton .... special thanks
Youree Henley .... thanks
Spike Jonze .... thanks
Miranda July .... thanks
Megan Kitchen .... thanks
Linda Lichter .... special thanks
Andrea Longacre-White .... thanks
Katie Mills .... thanks
Carine Pichonnat .... special thanks
Lou Pitt .... special thanks
Scott Rudin .... special thanks
JoAnne Sellar .... thanks
Jacki Sextro .... thanks
Jon Tenney .... very special thanks
Angus Wall .... special thanks
Mike White .... thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
105 min
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The role of Hal was intended for Max von Sydow, who declined due to the nature of subject in favor of appearing as a mute in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). He also was the first choice to play Henrik Vanger in the English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Christopher Plummer replaced him in both of these films. However, both men lend their voices together in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) (VG).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Oliver (Ewan McGregor) goes to a fancy party as Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, but his accent is more Bavarian than Austrian.See more »
Oliver:I don't know Anna. I don't think this is what I'm supposed to feel like.See more »
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24 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The beauty is in the performance, 14 December 2011
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador

¨Well, let's say that since you were little, you always dreamed of getting a lion. And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait but the lion doesn't come. And along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe.¨

Beginners is one of those movies that stands out due to the strong performance from the cast. The actors tell the story, and sometimes a look can say more than actual words. Ewan McGregor has this look in his eyes that constantly reminds us in this film that his character is a very sad and lonesome guy. There is no need for him to tell us, we just know it by the way he acts. From the opening scene you will also notice this isn't your typical Hollywood romantic movie; it's different and actually rings true to life. Beginners is a romantic drama with a strong and special chemistry between the two lead roles played by McGregor and Melanie Laurent (from Inglorious Basterds fame). In order for a romantic movie to work it's a must for the two lead characters to have a strong chemistry between them, and these two have it from the start, from the very first moment they meet. Ironically when they first meet she can't talk, but they say so much to each other with their eyes. That is true in life sometimes. From that moment I knew this film was going to be good, and it was. Their relationship is the center of the story although the movie is non-linear as we get to see McGregor's relationship with his now dead mother and father. Those interactions with them shaped him and made him the man he is today. He witnessed how his parents respected one another, but lacked real love for each other. He doesn't want to make the same mistake.

Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is the narrator of the movie in which he is telling the story of his life. It's 2003 and his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer) has recently passed away. We get several flashbacks dealing with their relationship together. His mother, Georgia (Mary Page Keller), who he was closer with had died five years ago. After this, Oliver grew closer to his father who opened up to him and let him know he has been gay all his life. Hal really begins living after he comes out of the closet and has a relationship with a much younger man named Andy (Goran Visnjic). Oliver begins to see a version of his father that he never knew. At the same time he realizes his father has terminal cancer and therefore has to take care of him, but in a way they form a stronger bond with each other. Oliver is now on his own, working as a graphic artist who keeps to himself most of the time and spends time with his father's dog, Arthur, but one day his co-workers invite him to a party and insist on him joining them. There Oliver meets a young French actress named Anna (Melanie Laurent) and despite the fact that she can't speak at first due to laryngitis they spend the night together and the relationship grows from there. The two seem perfect for each other, neither of them is in a relationship, but Oliver is afraid they won't last. The movie jumps back and forth from Oliver's relationship with his father and his present relationship with Anna. We get to see how some things of the past have affected him and shaped him in the present.

Beginners is not a movie for everyone; some might find it slow-paced, but it is a very smart film with a good script written by Mike Mills himself (this is his first film since the 2005 movie Thumbsucker) and it has some great performances. I already mentioned how strong McGregor and Laurent were together, but who really has been getting all the praise is Christopher Plummer for his supporting role. He plays an openly gay seventy five year old man who is enjoying life after trying to repress his feelings for so many years. Just when his life begins to look good he is diagnosed with cancer and has to deal with this as well without telling his young lover that he's dying. He gives a terrific performance and will probably get nominated for the Oscars. I however found Laurent's performance to be the true heart of the film. She is just so natural on screen and was so believable; she was just amazing. McGregor is a terrific actor as well and we've grown used to seeing him give strong performances. Beginners is a movie for film lovers, they won't be disappointed. I recently saw New Year's Eve and that movie had so many romantic stories going on that none of them really rang true, but this one is really authentic and worth seeing. The characters are really complex and you can tell it just by looking into their eyes. Great film.

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