Beginners

The movie behind that one gif that was circulating on tumblr for all of 2012

YES

Release date: September 11, 2010
Director: Mike Mills
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: People who have complicated relationships with their parents. 

When should you watch this movie: Immediately post-break up while you still need to process. When you are not currently in the process of grieving a loved one. 

The sell: When you go to the “LGBTQ” tab on Netflix, Beginners is listed in the top ten. This is a mischaracterization in my opinion, as LGBTQ themes rank low on the list of concepts explored in this movie. In no way is that a strike against it. In fact, I think it’s a strength that LGBTQ representation is woven smoothly into a movie about love without the sole focus being repression and political violence. And that’s really what Beginners is about: Love in all its forms. Portrayed quietly, in a meditative non-chronology. Ewan McGreggor’s accent is almost believable and Melanie Laurent’s performance is phenomenal. Beginners suggests that to love and lose is better than to have never loved at all, but it makes sure you know it hurts. Who knew that Christopher Plummer could pull off a purple v-neck sweater!?

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