Sunday, July 24, 2011

An Ode To Sadness: Beginners

Yesterday, my friend and I escaped the New York City Summer heat (100 degrees is no joke, people!) by cooling off in a mid afternoon movie. I would have been satisfied to just sit in air conditioning for two hours, but the fact that the movie we saw was actually spectacular... well that was just icing on the cake.
We saw Beginners, a movie starring Ewan Mcgregor (swoon), as Oliver, a complex artist, whose life is irrevocably altered when his Mom dies and his father tells him he has terminal cancer, and is also gay. His father is played by Christopher Plummer, whose portrayal of a formerly closeted gay man, who was married to a woman for over 40 years, trying to enjoy his last days was heartbreakingly real. This story line is juxtaposed with Oliver meeting an equally complex french girl named Anna, played by Melanie Laurent. They are two damaged people walking the line between recklessly falling in love and letting their baggage get the best of them. This film is a story of happiness despite overwhelming sadness, as well as sadness despite overwhelming happiness. It feels like true life.

A definite must see if you like a good cry. And let's be honest, who doesn't?

"People like us, half of them think things will never work out. The other half... believe in magic."



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