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Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  105 min.
Release Date: June 17, 2011 (limited)
DVD: November 1, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.88
based on 220 votes and 49 reviews
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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Goran Visnjic, Mélanie Laurent


Oliver (Ewan McGregor) meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anne (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who—after 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 Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Director: Mike Mills
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy
Screenplay: Mike Mills
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  • 5 stars "Goran Visnjic has a small appearance, but the film is organized as a progression of interconnected flashbacks. Taking after the demise of his dad Hal, Oliver thinks about their relationship taking after the passing of Oliver's mom, Georgia. Not long after her demise, Hal turned out to his child and started investigating life as a straightforwardly gay man. He gets to be dynamic in the gay group, discovers love and turns out to be more legit with himself and with his child."
  • 5 stars "Beginners may look shallow, but I'm trying to convince you that it is actually a great movie. Ewan McGregor, Goran Visnjic, Christopher Plummer... they all make a great acting crew without which this movie wouldn't have been this fun, exciting and possible. I know that the subject is not really going to be according to everybody's taste, but hey no movie is perfect, right? Following the moving scenes that can touch anybody, you will start to understand why this movie is great and underrated in the same time."
  • 4 stars "i really loved this movie. great characters, words not wasted. this is a thought provoking film, so it is not for all. christopher plumber was wonderful."