The mature coming out gay film
Beginners, starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor, is
now out on DVD.
Beginners is partially based on
director-writer Mike Mills' own true-life experience with his father.
In the film, Oliver (played by
McGregor) tells the story of his father, Hal (Plummer), trying to
catch up on lost time after coming out gay at the age of 75. Hal
begins to openly embrace his sexuality by socializing with other gay
men and dating a man about the same age as his son (Goran Visnjic).
Hal is also attempting to reconnect
with his son after the father learns of his own terminal illness. (A
trailer of the film is embedded in the right panel of this page.
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The New York Times called
Plummer's performance “charming.”
Focus Features, the company that
brought us Milk and The Kids Are All Right, acquired
Beginners at its premiere last year at the Toronto
International Film Festival. The
company recently acquired worldwide distribution rights to the
lesbian teen drama Pariah,
which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.