Beginners is one of the most beautiful films I have seen in recent times. I have a serious tendency to criticize films exactly as Godard did, that is, making sure that the last one was always the best. Of course, many times when the film is not really good, I do not give in to this impulsive criticism and do not put into practice this habit of speaking well of everything. But when I see a film like the Beginners I have a serious tendency to forget all the films I’ve seen in my life and put it ahead of the rest as the best of all.
It may be that you often read this same kind of excitement with a film, but I apologize right now. It’s not bad, it’s just my nature.
Most nights Paulo and I put a movie or series to relax before going to sleep. Yesterday the chosen one was Beginners, more for the synopsis than for any other reason in particular.
We started to watch the film, which immediately caught us with its first transition, with a sequence of images on the sun, the stars, the president and his life. All in a way that tries to somehow organize the life of the main character and his historical moment in iconic and / or advertising images.
Oliver, starring Ewan McGregor, is lost within the most recent events of his life and somehow tries to catalog everything around her, even his feelings, to somehow try to get back on his feet.
He just lost his father (Hal, played by Christopher Plummer), who was terminally ill and who a few months before discovering the disease had come out gay at the age of 75, even though he had spent a lifetime married to the mother of Oliver.
A few months after the death of his father, Oliver meets Anna (Mélanie Laurent), who, like him, never managed to maintain a serious relationship for long and always abandoned his loved one. Anna is an actress and loves her freedom to be in different places without strings attached to people or environments / houses. That soon changes when she falls in love with Oliver and realizes that the freedom from loneliness has now become imprisonment and sadness when he is not around.
The film is headyly sincere. And despite having a certain optimism in the whole tragedy, I imagine that this is how we should go on in life.
In addition to all the wonderful history and direction, photography and art as a whole was extremely well done, very delicate and realistic. Full of references and peculiarities that only a well thought out and well executed film can have. You notice all the affection with which it was carried out. Definitely a film with a great team involved.
I recommend that you watch it and then come back here to tell me what you think.
Is that you? What kind of movie have you watched? Any recommendations in particular? If so, why?
Beginners was beautifully directed by Mike Mills.
To learn more about the film, click here!