Beginners, a 2010 American romantic-comedy-drama, tells the story of a man living life in the 21st century, facing problems that could only arise in today’s world. With a star studded cast featuring Ewan McGregor, Academy-Award nominee Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent, Beginners crazy plot just begs for attention.
Oliver (Ewan McGregor) has lived a life of mediocrity and happiness. But when he beloved mother dies, his bereaved father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has some shocking news that he could have never expected. Hal explains that despite loving her mother dearly, he is in fact gay. Shaking things up, Oliver helps his father to understand a new side of his life that he never had the opportunity to experience.
Introducing him to clubs, clothes and even men, Oliver helps his dad better understand a side of him he’s hide all his life. But when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Oliver must expedite his father’s newfound life. In the process, Oliver meets Anna, a French actress, who indeed has baggage of her own. When she helps him understand the death of his father, things are put into perspective as he begins to see a future with her.
Directed by Mike Mills, the film was party inspired by his own experience with his father – at age 75, he told Millls he was gay and died five years later. Mills give his own personal touch to the film and develops it wonderfully as he shows us how a man in the 21st century deals with life and the many curveballs it throws at us.