How can you know how to love, if you've never been taught?,
This review is from: Beginners [DVD] (DVD)
As the title, Beginners, suggests, this is a film about people who want to be happy, but do not know how.
Initially, I saw the first two frames and thought, 'Pretentious.' Aiming high for Arthaus. But I didn't give up so quickly. This is NOT a fast action film. It's the first film in a long time where two people meet and are not sticking their tongues down each other's throats in the first few seconds.
This film, through the flashbacks, keeps the bilateral story moving continuously forwards. Beginners is about relationships. Between parents and children, humans and dogs, men and men, women and men, husbands and wives. All within the context of three main characters played expertly by Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent and Christopher Plummer. The dialogue is grounded, real and fresh. The content moving, the story and dynamic familiar in terms of the human condition.
The sadness was real. It was allowed. The happiness was real. It was felt.