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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,790,894, 8 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,311,701, 27 February 2012
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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). 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

Anna: You can ask me anything.
Oliver: Anything? What's that there?
Anna: That's a tree.
Oliver: Yeah.
Anna: And Cars.
Oliver: Uh-huh.
Anna: Another building like this one.
Oliver: Right.
Anna: People in the building like us. Half of them think things will never work out. The other half believe in magic. It's like a war between them.
Oliver: How do you know so much about people?
[...]
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Connections

References La horse (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Written by Brian Potter and Ian Samwell
Performed by The Litter
Courtesy of K-Tel Records/Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
License arranged by Fine Gold Music, LLC.
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Humanity is the thing
25 December 2011 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

That's what I took with me and stayed with me. The humanity in Ewan MacGregor's eyes. Sadness and joy unmistakable in its deepness and its pungent recognition. Christopher Plummer is superb as the 75 year old who confesses to his son, he's been gay all his life and after the death of his wife, a sublime Mary Page Keller, he allows that side of his nature to take off and experiment, for the first time in his life, in an honest loving relationship with another man, the odd and lovely Goran Visnjic. As if this wasn't enough, a dog. An extraordinary creature who carries as much humanity as its human counterparts. Melanie Laurent adds an extra pinch of sexual sympathy. "Beginners" will play beautifully on the small screen so I predict a long life for this unexpected treat.


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