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Beginners (Blu-ray) (2011) - Golden Globe Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture;Oscar® Winner!

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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 224362663
UPC: 025192095146
UPC 14: 00025192095146
Rating: Game Rating Code
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This is What Love Feels Like.
Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor (Star Wars I, II, III), Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), and Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in Beginners, an uplifting comedy about how funny and transformative life can be. When graphic designer Oliver (McGregor) meets free-spirited Anna (Laurent) shortly after his father (Plummer) has passed away, Oliver realizes just how much of a beginner he is when it comes to long-lasting romantic love. Memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life, encourage Oliver to open himself up to the potential of a true relationship. Inspired by writer/director Mike Mills' own father, it's an original love story that critics cheer is "smart, poignant and often hilarious!? (Karen Durbin, Elle)

"Sadness is layered on top of sadness...  Chris Barsanti,
"...beautifully shaped and shaded  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"... superbly acted and ultimately disarming...  Lou Lumenick, New York Post


Video Features English, Spanish, French, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

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Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/15/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2011
Video UPC UPC: 00025192095146
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Expert Review Beginners - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Sherry Lipp Reviews
Published on: 11/22/2011 12:34 PM
Mike Mills’ Beginners is an exploration of what influences our lives. In this film the primary influence being our parents. The film does not explore the concepts between nature and nurture, but focuses fully on how our parents can screw us up. I’m not sure that was the intent of the film, but that is how it comes across. Beginners follows the story of thirty-eight year old Oliver Fields (Ewan McGregor), who is coming to terms with the death of his father (Christopher Plummer) the full review

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Video Cast Info Mike Mills - Director

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"Without sacrificing his dry wit or the coolly intelligent gaze that lets no one -- his character included -- off the hook, he brings to the film an emotional generosity that he has rarely allowed his characters." 05/01/2011

Los Angeles Times
"[A] buoyant and disarming drama about sons and fathers, death and dying, living and loving and all the ways we find ourselves starting over, hoping finally to get it right." 06/03/2011

Wall Street Journal
"[T]he film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory." 06/03/2011

Box Office
5 stars out of 5 -- "Sweet moments of subtle comedy and straightforward family drama mix perfectly with Mike Mills' trademark artfulness in BEGINNERS..." 06/01/2011

New York Times
"[Mr. Mills] has seductive visual style....In wistful tone and mood, BEGINNERS at times hazily evokes the films of Wong Kar-wai..." 06/02/2011

"Plummer is gruffly wonderful here, hardly a surprise, a given that he's long been a great -- and sometimes unsung -- actor." 06/02/2011

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "One of the pleasures of BEGINNERS is the warmth and sincerity of the major characters." 06/08/2011

Entertainment Weekly
"[Plummer] creates an inspiring, fully rounded man in late bloom, and McGregor responds with a performance to match." -- Grade: A- 06/03/2011

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "Delicate business is being transacted in this touchingly personal and altogether extraordinary film....A never better Plummer is simply stupendous..." 06/23/2011

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a beautifully judged and genuinely affecting exploration of life's constant capacity to surprise." 07/07/2011

3 stars out of 5 -- "It's certainly a fresh angle on generation-gap issues, and Plummer relishes his role with an eye-twinkle towards the Oscars." 08/01/2011

Sight and Sound
"Mills shows an unexpected compassion for his characters, shooting them simply, and giving Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent breathing space..." 08/01/2011

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