Beginners Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byMike Mills
Written byMike Mills
Produced by
CinematographyKasper Tuxen
Edited byOlivier Bugge Coutté
Music by
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • September 11, 2010 (2010-09-11) (TIFF)
  • June 3, 2011 (2011-06-03) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.2 million[2]
Box office$14.3 million[2]

Beginners is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Mills. It tells the story of Oliver, a man reflecting on the life and death of his father, Hal, while trying to forge a new romantic relationship with a woman, Anna, dealing with father issues of her own. The film is based on the coming out of Mills' own father at the age of 75, five years before his death.[3]

Beginners premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where the Los Angeles Times heralded it as a "heady, heartfelt film" with a cast who have "a strong sense of responsibility to their real-world counterparts".[4] Christopher Plummer received numerous accolades for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

  1. ^ "Beginners (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  2. ^ a b Beginners at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Bradshaw, James (2011-09-10). "Beginners: A late dash out of the close". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  4. ^ Olsen, Mark (2011-09-05). "Beginners has a piece of Mike Mills' soul". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-09-13.

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