Com­edy to touch the heart

BE­GIN­NERS (15)

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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.

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