McGregor, Ewan

SKU: 025192095146

UPC 025192095146
Release Date 2011-11-15
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 104
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Without sacrificing his dry wit or the coolly intelligent gaze that lets no one -- his character included -- off the hook, he brings to the film an emotional generosity that he has rarely allowed his characters.[A] buoyant and disarming drama about sons and fathers, death and dying, living and loving and all the ways we find ourselves starting over, hoping finally to get it right.[T]he film's special mixture of sadness, comedy and hope sneaks up on you and stays in your memory.5 stars out of 5 -- Sweet moments of subtle comedy and straightforward family drama mix perfectly with Mike Mills' trademark artfulness in BEGINNERS...[Mr. Mills] has seductive visual style....In wistful tone and mood, BEGINNERS at times hazily evokes the films of Wong Kar-wai...Plummer is gruffly wonderful here, hardly a surprise, a given that he's long been a great -- and sometimes unsung -- actor.3.5 stars out of 4 -- One of the pleasures of BEGINNERS is the warmth and sincerity of the major characters.[Plummer] creates an inspiring, fully rounded man in late bloom, and McGregor responds with a performance to match. -- Grade: A-3 stars out of 4 -- Delicate business is being transacted in this touchingly personal and altogether extraordinary film....A never better Plummer is simply stupendous...4 stars out of 5 -- [T]his is a beautifully judged and genuinely affecting exploration of life's constant capacity to surprise.3 stars out of 5 -- It's certainly a fresh angle on generation-gap issues, and Plummer relishes his role with an eye-twinkle towards the Oscars.Mills shows an unexpected compassion for his characters, shooting them simply, and giving Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent breathing space...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.
Cast Roger Neill (Composer)
Leslie Shatz (Sound)
Leslie Shatz (Sound Re-Recording)
Rod Smith (Assistant Director)
Robin Urdang (Music Director)
Paul Timothy Carden (Sound)
Brian Reitzell (Composer)
Mike Mills (Director)
Mike Mills (Screenwriter)
Dave Palmer (Composer)
Ginger Damon (Hairstylist)
Fran Giblin (Production Manager/UPM)
Justin Barber (Visual Effects Designer)
Kasper Tuxen (Director of Photography)
Coryander Friend (Set Decorator)
Victoria Lorenz (Makeup)
Oddball Animation (Visual Effects Designer)
Wes Ball (Visual Effects Designer)
Brad Hawkins (Visual Effects Designer)
Ryland Jones (Visual Effects Designer)
Andrew Tepper (Photography)
Michael Chieffo (Co-Star)
Bruce French (Co-Star)
Jodi Long (Co-Star)
Christopher Plummer (Star)
Charly Valentino (Co-Star)
Mary Page Keller (Co-Star)
Ewan McGregor (Star)
Catherine McGoohan (Co-Star)
Goran Visnjic (Star)
Jose Yenque (Co-Star)
Melanie Laurent (Star)
China Shavers (Co-Star)
Lou Taylor Pucci (Co-Star)
Kai Lennox (Star)
Rodney Saulsberry (Co-Star)
Rafael J. Noble (Co-Star)
Patrick Birkett (Co-Star)
June Sanders (Co-Star)
Melissa Tang (Co-Star)
Terry Walters (Co-Star)
Keegan Boos (Co-Star)
Amanda Payton (Co-Star)
Luke Diliberto (Co-Star)
Bambadjan Bamba (Co-Star)
Hana Hwang (Co-Star)
Samuel T. Ritter (Co-Star)
Jennifer Lauren (Co-Star)
Reynaldo Pacheco (Co-Star)
Leslie Shea (Co-Star)
Jennifer Hasty (Co-Star)
Lana Young (Co-Star)
Algerita Lewis (Co-Star)
Regina Redwing (Co-Star)
Sunday Burke (Co-Star)
Sabera Wise (Co-Star)
T.G. Cody (Co-Star)
Patrick Scott (Co-Star)
Ton Suckhasem (Co-Star)
Seth Walker (Co-Star)
Michael Wilhelms (Co-Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: A Short Film About Making Beginners Beginners Promo Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Mike Mills Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.25000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.50000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Comedy,Feature Film Drama
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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