The mature coming out gay film
Beginners, starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor,
will open in select cities on Friday, June 3.
Beginners is partially based on
writer-director 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 has been told he's terminally ill.
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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.