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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
UPC: 0025192095139
Original Release: 2010
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 40,003

Special Features

A Short Film About Making Beginners; Beginners Promo; Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Mike Mills

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Oliver
Christopher Plummer Hal
Mélanie Laurent Anna
Goran Visnjic Andy
Kai Lennox Elliot
Mary Page Keller Georgia
Keegan Boos Young Oliver
China Shavers Shauna
Melissa Tang Liz
Amanda Payton Party Person
Luke Diliberto Green Witch
Lou Taylor Pucci Magician
Bambadjan Bamba The Sads
Hana Hwang The Sads
Samuel T. Ritter The Sads
Jennifer Lauren Record Company Rep
Reynaldo Pacheco Julio
Jodi Long Dr. Flaster
Bruce French Dr. Wright
Leslie Shea ICU Nurse #1
Michael Chieffo Hal's Priest
Jennifer Hasty Secretary
Rodney Saulsberry 1978 Museum Staff
June Sanders 1978 Fancy Woman
Catherine McGoohan 1978 Older Woman
Terry Walters Terse Nurse
Lana Young ICU Nurse #2
Algerita Lewis Nice Nurse
Regina Redwing Strict Nurse
Sunday Burke Home Nurse #1
Patrick Birkett Hal Look-Alike
Sabera Wise Skating Rink Manager
Rafael J. Noble Brian
Jose Yenque Robert
T.G. Cody The Primetimers
Ton Suckhasem The Primetimers
Charly Valentino The Primetimers
Seth Walker The Primetimers
Patrick Scott The Primetimers
Michael Wilhelms The Primetimers

Technical Credits
Mike Mills Director,Screenwriter
Courtney Bright Casting
Paul Timothy Carden Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Bugge Coutté Editor
Nicole Daniels Casting
Miranda de Pencier Producer
Fran Giblin Co-producer
Jennifer Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lars Knudsen Producer
Geoff Linville Co-producer
Victoria Lorenz Makeup
Roger Neill Score Composer
Dave Palmer Score Composer
Brian Reitzell Score Composer
Jim Ridgley Sound Mixer
Joan Scheckel Executive Producer
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
Rod Smith Asst. Director
Kasper Tuxen Cinematographer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie Urdang Producer
Shane Valentino Production Designer
Jay Van Hoy Producer
Dean Vanech Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beginners
1. Scene 1 [5:52]
2. Scene 2 [7:33]
3. Scene 3 [6:04]
4. Scene 4 [5:24]
5. Scene 5 [4:37]
6. Scene 6 [3:26]
7. Scene 7 [7:28]
8. Scene 8 [5:49]
9. Scene 9 [:19]
10. Scene 10 [4:14]
11. Scene 11 [3:32]
12. Scene 12 [4:59]
13. Scene 13 [6:16]
14. Scene 14 [4:38]
15. Scene 15 [5:12]
16. Scene 16 [6:10]
17. Scene 17 [4:36]
18. Scene 18 [4:08]
19. Scene 19 [3:25]
20. Scene 20 [3:39]

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