There will be a special $10-per-person screening of Beginners at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th, at The Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607, to benefit the Crepe Myrtle Foundation (CMF), Raleigh-Durham’s oldest organization dedicated to AIDS awareness and prevention. For more information about the CMF, click http://www.crapemyrtlefest.org/. (Note: Beginners will not open in the Triangle until Friday, July 8th, at the earliest.)
Beginners (U.S., 2010)
Genre: Comedy/Drama, Color, Rated R (for language
and some sexual content), 105 Minutes.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.focusfeatures.com/beginners
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1532503/
Rated 81 percent POSITIVE based on critics’ reviews (34 to date) and 7.4 website visitors’ rating (9 to date)
ROTTEN TOMATOES: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beginners/
All Critics: 83 percent FRESH (based on 86 reviews),
Top Critics: 76 percent FRESH (based on 34 reviews).
TRAILER AND FEATURETTES: http://www.focusfeatures.com/beginners/videos
SYNOPSIS #1 (from Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beginners/)
Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who — following 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. — © IFC
SYNOPSIS #2 (from Fandango.com: http://www.fandango.com/beginners_141247/movieoverview)
Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is an illustrator with a history of failed relationships. Growing up, he spent much of his time with his eccentric mother, Georgia (Mary Page Keller), while his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), supported the arts as the curator of a local museum. Though Oliver’s parents never divorced, as a young boy he always sensed a distance between them — a distance, Oliver discovers following his mother’s death years later, that resulted from the fact that his father had lived most of his life as a closeted homosexual. With his wife gone and his son grown up, 75-year-old Hal decides to finally embrace his sexuality and takes a young boyfriend (Goran Visnjic). When Hal’s health takes a turn for the worse, Oliver steps up to care for him while recalling quiet conversations and eventful trips to the museum with his unpredictable mother — a dyed-in-the-wool eccentric. Gradually, Oliver begins to see his father in a whole new light. Later, Oliver falls for pretty French actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent) after a chance meeting at a costume party. The more intimate Oliver and Anna become, the more they both realize they share one defining character flaw — the moment any relationship turns serious, they run away. For Oliver it means shutting himself in and obsessing over his work; for Anna it’s as easy as checking into another empty hotel room in yet another strange city — one of the perks, as it were, of having an itinerant job. After moving in together, the dysfunctional couple realizes that overcoming their hard-wired relationship issues is more difficult than either of them expected. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Chicago Sun-Times (reviewed by Roger Ebert, who awarded the film 3.5 of 4 stars): http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110608/REVIEWS/110609984
The New York Times (review by Manohla Dargis): http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/movies/beginners-with-christopher-plummer-and-ewan-mcgregor-review.html and preview by Dennis Lim): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/movies/beginners-mike-millss-autobiographical-film.html
See Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1532503/externalreviews
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