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Beginners (2010)

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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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Mike Mills

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Mike Mills
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Oliver
Christopher Plummer ... Hal
Mélanie Laurent ... Anna
Goran Visnjic ... Andy
Kai Lennox ... Elliot
Mary Page Keller ... Georgia
Keegan Boos ... Young Oliver
China Shavers ... Shauna
Melissa Tang ... Liz
Amanda Payton ... Party Person
Luke Diliberto Luke Diliberto ... Green Witch
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Magician
Bambadjan Bamba ... The Sads
Hana Jane Hana Jane ... The Sads (as Hana Hwang)
Samuel T. Ritter Samuel T. Ritter ... The Sads
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Storyline

In 2003, 38-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal to cancer, 5 years after his mother Georgia's death. Oliver is naturally sullen because of his relationships with his parents growing up (especially his mother, who had a unique view of life) and watching their cordial but somewhat distant marital relationship, but he's more so now as he deals with his personal losses. He embarks on a relationship with French actress Anna, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life, will show him how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a new joie de vivre and have an open relationship with Andy, a much-younger man. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including her own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver inheriting Arthur, Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This is what love feels like.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 June 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginners, así se siente el amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,340, 5 June 2011

Gross USA:

$5,790,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,311,701
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mélanie Laurent claimed that the canine star of the film, Cosmo, did not like her very much because he was jealous of Laurent's friendship with costar Ewan McGregor and director Mike Mills. 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: We didn't know how we learned the stories in our heads, but sometimes they stopped running, 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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Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Sexo y Cars 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Howl
Performed by Allen Ginsberg
Written by Allen Ginsberg
Master license provided by Concord Music Group
Synchronization license provided by May King Poetry Music, Inc.
C/O Len Freedman Music, Inc.
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A Beautiful Film
13 September 2010 | by adri_wholivesathomeSee all my reviews

I was able to see the world premiere of Beginners at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, and it completely took me by surprise. It was a bit of a last minute pick, and it has been my favourite film so far, and probably one of my favourite films in general. To be simple, I will just say that this film is about life and the emotions and experiences that we all go through within it. Christopher Plummer plays a 75 year old man who after the death of his wife is finally able to explore his homosexuality, and we see him come to life through this experience. It is not only about him, but mainly about his son played by Ewan McGregor, whose relationships with both his mother and father shape him as a person. These relationships and his own romantic relationships make up the core of his character, and it is through love, loss and discovery that the three main characters display an authentic view of humanity. It is an original film, and requires a certain audience, but I recommend that everyone should see this true gem.


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