Beginners is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film english book for beginners kids and directed by Mike Mills. 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”. The film is structured as a series of interconnected flashbacks. Following the death of his father Hal from cancer, Oliver reflects on their relationship during the five years since the death of Oliver’s mother, Georgia.
Shortly after her death, Hal came out to his son and began exploring life as an openly gay man. With cinematography by Kasper Tuxen, Beginners was filmed using the Red One digital camera. 150 reviews, with an average rating of 7. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.
Louis Post-Dispatch wrote, “A lovably quirky comedy-drama with a rhythm all its own. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, saying, “It’s a hopeful fable with deep optimism and a cheerful style that kids itself. Beginners won the Gotham Award for Best Feature, shared with The Tree of Life, in 2011. Beginners: A late dash out of the close”. Beginners has a piece of Mike Mills’ soul”.