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Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

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A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Amelia Stuart
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Faith Stuart
Nekhebet Kum Juch ...
Kim
Manoah Angelo ...
Thurgood
Muriel Gould ...
Gaga
Tod Randolph ...
Ruth-Ann
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Pauline Stuart
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Murray Stuart
Georgia Lyman ...
Paul Elias ...
Dick
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Mr. Fabrini
Patrick Shea ...
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A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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19 June 2015 (USA)  »

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Amor Polar  »

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$6,700,000 (estimated)

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$47,000 (USA) (19 June 2015)

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$1,428,647 (USA) (9 October 2015)
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Mark Ruffalo is seen wearing a green shirt and green shorts in several scenes. This could be a nod to his role of The Hulk (who is also green) in The Avengers (2012). See more »

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On a book shelf there are various board games in the background, including "Trivial Pursuit." The movie is set in 1978, Trivial Pursuit was not released on the market until 1982. See more »

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Amelia Stuart: [narrating] My father was diagnosed manic depressive in 1967. He'd been going around Cambridge in a fake beard calling himself Jesus John Harvard. When he got better, he started working in public television in Boston. He met my mother there. He walked up and took her picture. On their first date, he took her on a driving tour of New England and told her all about his nervous breakdowns. She didn't care. She said it was a crazy time. Half the people they knew were going bananas. So ...
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A Fool in Love
Written by Ike Turner
Performed by Ike & Tina Turner
Published by EMI Unart Catalog, Inc.
Courtesy of A&M Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Infinitely Bipolar
1 January 2016 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Living with a bipolar father proves difficult for two young girls when their mother has to move away to study in this comedy-drama blend set in the 1970s. The title comes from the youngest daughter misnaming her father's condition as "polar bear" - thematically relevant as the overall film is about the two girls learning to accept their father's behaviour beyond their own preconceptions, appreciating what he does do well. From such a description, the film might sound overly sweet, and in a way it is, only ever seeming to skim the surface, focusing only on how embarrassed the girls are by their father's inability to integrate into society. There are a couple of moments in which the girls genuinely seem afraid of what their father might do, but the film never tugs at the full experience of living with someone with mental issues; as others have said, Mark Ruffalo comes off as more an everyday eccentric than a manic depressive. That said, Ruffalo's performance is the film's best asset, frequently communicating a genuine interest to bond with his daughters and care for them in small, subtle ways. His facial expressions and movements convey more than his dialogue and it is easy to feel for his frustration at not being able to be everything that his daughters want. It is much harder to reconcile the film's blanket negative attitude to the US public school system throughout, but it does act as an acceptable symbol of all that the girls' parents are worried about, and the film does offer an acute portrait of parents doing what they can for their offspring, even if it falls short in other areas.


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