Comedy to touch the heart
Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor, Goran Visnjic and Melanie Laurent)
CHRISTOPHER Plummer delivers one of the finest performances of his illustrious career in Beginners. Mike Mills’s heartbreaking comedy drama was inspired by the writer-director’s relationship with his own father. Los Angeles-based illustrator Oliver Fields (McGregor) is devastated by the passing of his mother. But his grief turns to stunned amazement when his 75-year-old father Hal (Plummer) reveals that he married his wife knowing he was gay and he has denied his true self since the very day when he said, “I do”. Free to explore his sexuality, Hal immerses himself in the gay scene, winning the heart of a forty-something boyfriend, Andy (Goran Visnjic). But tragedy deals the Fields men a further cruel blow when it transpires Hal is terminally ill with cancer – further turning their lives upside down. As Oliver struggles to bear the emotional burden, he finds unexpected romance with a visiting French actress, Anna (Laurent). She is irreverent and unpredictable – a vivacious free spirit capable of dragging Oliver out of his rut. Sharply humorous and often moving and uplifting, Beginners is far from a doom and gloom melodrama.