Beginners (2010)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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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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  • Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in Beginners (2010)
  • Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent in Beginners (2010)
  • Ewan McGregor and Mike Mills in Beginners (2010)
  • Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent in Beginners (2010)
  • Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent in Beginners (2010)
  • Mélanie Laurent in Beginners (2010)

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2 July 2014 | CalRhys
A Powerfully Understated Piece Of Filmmaking
For a film with such a haunting and depressing scenario, 'Beginners' is a surprisingly powerful and perceptive piece of cinema. When I first read the synopsis, I was a bit doubtful about the concept and was uncertain as to whether it was worth a watch, however after learning that the film was partially autobiographical and based on the life of writer-director Mike Mills, I decided to give it a try, convinced by the inspiration of Mills' first-person experiences. 'Beginners' blends comedy and romance against a dramatic backdrop in order to create a charming and character-driven story. In my opinion, it is Christopher Plummer's Oscar-winning performance that really sells the picture accompanied by some assuring performances from Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent. 'Beginners' is a powerfully understated piece of independent filmmaking that maintains it's emotional resonance from start to finish.

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