340) Beginners (2010) Dir: Mike Mills Date Released: June 3, 2011 Date Seen: August 31, 2011 Rating: 4/5
I rather like the essayistic qualities of this film, specifically the way that photographs, video footage, books and memories create a history of willfully forgotten events. At present, I still prefer Thumbsucker but I think this is a pretty sharp and warm melodrama, one I'd love to rewatch before End of Year list time. I remember being impressed by it, especially Ewan MacGregor's performance and yeah, Christopher Plummer's, too. Melancholic and sweet and almost never overly sentimental.