Directed by Mike Mills
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visjnic
One of the most aptly-titled films of the year, Mike Mills' "Beginners" is all about learning how to start afresh, and how to confront old mistakes through exploring new opportunities. A personal, part-biographical tale centred upon a man with a gay, terminally-ill father, the film evokes a feeling of loss in its characters without becoming cloying or overly-sentimental, intricately founding relationships which let us into the contrasting characters’ outlooks on love and commitment. “Beginners” recognises that time has its own wicked brand of humour, but that each pocket of it is an archive of our life – a precious reminder that we are what we make of ourselves. The film’s inherent lack of judgment offers a gorgeous plane of thought upon which to view the world, for which we should be very grateful.