Beginners

Beginners

DVD - 2011
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Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is an illustrator with a history of failed relationships. Growing up, he spent much of his time with his eccentric mother, Georgia (Mary Page Keller), while his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), supported the arts as the curator of a local museum. Though Oliver's parents never divorced, as a young boy he always sensed a distance between them -- a distance, Oliver discovers following his mother's death years later, that resulted from the fact that his father had lived most of his life as a closeted homosexual. With his wife gone and his son grown up, 75-year-old Hal decides to finally embrace his sexuality and takes a young boyfriend (Goran Visnjic). When Hal's health takes a turn for the worse, Oliver steps up to care for him while recalling quiet conversations and eventful trips to the museum with his unpredictable mother -- a dyed-in-the-wool eccentric. Gradually, Oliver begins to see his father in a whole new light. Later, Oliver falls for pretty French actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent) after a chance meeting at a costume party. The more intimate Oliver and Anna become, the more they both realize they share one defining character flaw -- the moment any relationship turns serious, they run away. For Oliver it means shutting himself in and obsessing over his work; for Anna it's as easy as checking into another empty hotel room in yet another strange city -- one of the perks, as it were, of having an itinerant job. After moving in together, the dysfunctional couple realizes that overcoming their hard-wired relationship issues is more difficult than either of them expected.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 BEG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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AL_ALISON Jul 15, 2017

Mike Mills, the director, is a great writer. And the movie explores his relationship with is father in an endearing way.

VaughanPLSarahN Jun 08, 2017

Lovely movie full of thoughtful, subtle performances from all. I did not expect to find it quite so sad. The synopsis leaves out just how much of the movie is about imperfect family relationships and grief.

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GustavMahler
Jan 30, 2017

I have 2 requests that I have placed on hold & which are in libraries . None have been answered. I have requested them several times to no avail! please lookinto this problem.

Thanks, Marlene JoanHay

martins_mom Jan 04, 2016

Not sure where the title fits in, but this quirky movie about a graphic artist hitting 40 with a trail of failed relationships; his elderly father who has decided after 44 years of marriage to come out as gay; and a waif-like French actress is as engaging as they come. Very believable characterization.

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booksmile
Aug 18, 2015

Should be in the Drama category, mostly about grief (and the memories and restarting one's life, etc).

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BoogerBot
May 11, 2015

Felt like the focus of the story was on the son & not the dad so I thought the story was a bit boring & I didn't really feel much for the son.

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HOLLY ROWE
Apr 17, 2015

I liked this movie. It was very touching. I also expected more of a comedy, but I wasn't disappointed by the story.

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geomillar
Dec 24, 2014

Forgive me for not enjoying this movie. Great actors all, but I didn't feel that their hearts were in the parts they played! It's all my fault, I know. SORRY!

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ashleysears
Aug 15, 2014

I liked this movie, I was rooting for them the whole time. Life is life.

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ehm_chen
May 24, 2014

Enjoyed this movie, though the preview was misleading and the cover looks a lot more upbeat than the actual film. There are a funny bits, but overall, the movie meanders and is quite sad. Some food for thought about family dynamics, partnerships, communication, and taking chances. Charming.

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