Sunday, 21 August 2011
This post is brought to you by Yani who generously donated the double pass which Cs and I used to see Beginners.
Ewan McGregor is mourning the passing of his father Christopher Plummer who had outed himself as gay at the age of 75 and spent his final years, including those when he is dying from cancer, living his life to the full with a positive outlook. By contrast, McGregor remains mournful and negative and unable to establish relationships even when he meets and falls in love with Melanie Laurent who returns his love but appears just as impeded in developing a relationship as is he.
The film relates the present and the past quite seamlessly and it contains a fair bit of humour amongst a great deal of sadness. This is not a film for action or plot. This film is all about relationships.
This won't be to everyone's taste but I liked it.