June 3rd 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 104 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Mary Page Keller, Jodi Long, China Shavers, Kai Lennox, Jose Yenque, Brian Nolan, Catherine McGoohan, Terry Walters, Melissa Tang, Reynaldo Pacheco, Keegan Boos, Luke Diliberto, Jennifer Lauren, Cosmo, Adam Knapp, Garrett Nichols, Rafael J. Noble, Georgia Cook, Michael Laren
  • Director: Mike Mills
  • Writer: Mike Mills
  • Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy
  • Executive Producer: Joan Scheckel
  • Castings: Nicole Daniels, Courtney Sheinin
  • Costume Design: Jennifer Johnson
  • D.O.P.: Kasper Tuxen
  • Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
  • Makeup: Tina Roesler Kerwin
  • Musics: Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell
  • Production Design: Shane Valentino
  • Set Decoration: Coryander Friend


From writer/director Mike Mills comes a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments. -Beginners- imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor).

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds) only months after his father Hal (Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who following 44 years of marriage came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.

The upheavals of Hals new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than theyd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some sexual content
  • Production Budget: $2 million
  • Production Companies: Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Five years after the modest "Thumbsucker", indie filmmaker Mike Mills returns with this bittersweet comedy that premiered in Toronto to great reviews. In fact word was so good that Focus Features quickly snapped up the film and made a strong $2 million marketing commitment to ensure it gets a healthy bow in limited release. Focus rarely makes festival acquisitions, one of the few other exceptions it made recently was "The Kids Are All Right" which is now a major awards contender.

The strong response to 'Beginners' shouldn't come as a surprise though as the subject matter is personal to Mills, the writer/director's own father went through a similar late life sexual reinvention which heavily informed the script. Reviews point out it's a deeply personal film that lays bare the various flaws of its characters, while at the same time keeping a charming comedy tone that avoids the overwrought downer that most character studies like this generally are.

A few clips on Youtube for the film look excellent, Plummer absolutely having a ball in one scene where his character goes out to a gay nightclub for the first time. Should be a welcome intelligent alternative for adults during the Summer blockbuster period."

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