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When it comes to relationships, we’re all 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.
Structured flashbacks tell the story of Oliver’s relationship with the real protagonist of this film: his father who after the death of his wife came out for being gay. Over seventy years of age, openly gay, an active member of the gay community and with a younger lover that is. Luckily, director Mike Mills is smart enough to handle this subject with a comical vibe, instead of going full throttle on all the potential drama. He also succeeds in pulling off the non-chronological approach fairly well and with delicacy. He is less successful, however, in crafting a picture that regards the old man - Hal is his name - as someone more than innocently cute; Mills seems a bit too…
Last years Best Picture winner, The Artist, featured a little Jack Russell Terrier that everyone raved about called Uggie.
While Uggie warmed my heart, Cosmo, the little Jack Russell Terrier of Beginners, broke it.
Last year was a good year to be a Jack Russell Terrier.
There is a really great heartbreaking and poignant story here of personal discovery yet it is buried under irksome and near film-destroying levels of quirk. This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise given it is from the director of Thumbsucker, a film suffocated by its indie credibility, yet with such a personal story I was hoping Mike Mills would have delivered a more restrained and truthful film this time around.
Instead we get a horribly self-aware film that constantly undoes the great work by Christopher Plummer and his fascinating character. Every embellishment seemed to rub me up the wrong way from the unnecessary voice over narration, the way McGregor talked to his father’s dog (and to make things immeasurably worse…
Losing someone you love is a very devastating feeling. You go in a sad place of yours. You want to be left alone. But you still have to live a life.
Relationship, well everyone is still in the Beginners stage in this one.
Christopher Plummer who has given a performance that lives with a feeling to be lived. Hal Fields who has always been gay but was married to Georgia for 44 years and after her death he came out to his son. He got a boyfriend, he is enjoying life, reading, writing, planting but he is dying. Oliver, supportive of his father, feel lonely. Meets Anna who herself is lost but together they start something that they don’t feel…
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Strong Performances - Christopher Plummer
Review In A Nutshell:
Life is only beautiful if we are happy, and there are many contributing factors that lead to happiness, but none possess the large gratifying impact that love has. Love comes in all sorts of forms; it does not have to be limited by the standards of pre-existing or contemporary society. Ideas like sexual preference, monogamy, racial and cultural identity, should not matter; what does matter is that something wonderful is felt when in the presence of that certain person or group of people.
Beginners does not push its ideas down the audience's throat, it certainly is there and the film does spend quite a number of times deviating…
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What makes this film particularly successful is its storytelling style. Multiple layers of past events co-exist in a cohesive flow of fragmented experiences. One could claim that the present enters the story only at the very end of the film. Everything we see before is the past, which strives to make sense of its traumas and mysteries.
Beginners are the father who comes out at the age of 75 and his son who begins to learn how to be in a loving relationship. Both father and son begin to love.
The story is told by the son, who recalls both his childhood and his father's closeted youth, marriage, and final liberation, only a few years before…
An enchanting movie, sweet and delicate, brimming with sad humor and arresting intimacy; if it doesn't restore your faith in love, you might not possess a heart.
absolutely adore everything about this movie
i love it so so much
one of my top movies <3
I really enjoyed this. The flashbacks are paced well and all of the characters are really likeable. It was a blind watch on netflix, so it was a nice surprise.
Uma forma de prestar tributo a um falecido ente querido, neste caso uma figura paternal e a forma como se encara o seu legado enquanto se atravessa a crise de melancolia da perda.
Em substância, tem uma história significativa sim, conduzida por em elenco interessante (até o cão está bem) mas em termos práticos padece de um exagero de letargia que fazem não só o filme parecer muito maior do que é, assim como também não evita a sensação de ter ficado um filme monótono.
6/10 - Interessante
The movie is very slow. It's hard to catch on. I got bored pretty soon. The story it's trying to tell is sweet and difficult, it just wouldn't catch me.
I love the relationship between the two main characters and especially between the dog.
Great movie, the whole cast (including the Jack Russel) was great in it. I'd recommend seeing this one.
A beautiful film. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer are great. Arthur the dog is almost as cute as Melanie Laurent. Beginners is an interesting story, emotional and powerful.
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