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Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Star Wars I, II, III), Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), and Mélanie 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) Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Mary Page Keller Directed by: Mike Mills


Studio Universal
SKU 224362665
UPC 025192095139
UPC 14 00025192095139
Format DVD
Release Date 2/25/2014
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Film Comment "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
Movieline "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
Uncut 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
Cast & Crew
Mike Mills - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025192095139
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Chris Barsanti, Sadness is layered on top of sadness...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...beautifully shaped and shaded
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ... superbly acted and ultimately disarming...

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