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USA: Focus Features
UK: Universal Pictures International (UK)
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos, China Shavers, Melissa Tang, Amanda Payton, Luke Diliberto, Lou Taylor Pucci
Director: Mike Mills
USA & UK: 104 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some sexual content
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and one strong sex reference
USA Release Date: 3 June 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 22 July 2011
When it comes to relationships, we're all beginners.
A comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments, BEGINNERS imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor - THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS).
Oliver meets and falls for the unpredictable Anna (Melanie Laurent - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) only months after the death of his father Hal Fields (Christopher Plummer - PRIEST). His new relationship reminds Oliver of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live life to the full, which included a younger boyfriend, Andy (Goran Visnjic - TV's ER). Now Oliver endeavours to love Anna with all the bravery, humour, and hope that his father taught him.
From writer/director Mike Mills, BEGINNERS was inspired by Mike Mills' own father and is meant in turn to inspire everyone weighing their chances and choices in life and love.