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Mike Mills, USA 2010, 105’

An introverted man burdened by a difficult relationship with his father meets an eccentric woman with stability issues. Not unlike Paul and Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although they may be a good match, they just might pass each other by. Director Mike Mills multiplies increasingly tangled dilemmas and ably holds the tension until their denouement. Genially funny and deadly serious in equal proportions, Beginners looks at relationships with the empathy of a Richard Linklater and the poetry of a Cédric Klapisch. What makes Mill’s film an original standout is its wholly genuine charm. Beginners is resplendent with the music of Josephine Baker and, among other touches, the thoughtful set design incorporates vintage Polish film posters. Although beginnings may be difficult, the warm atmosphere in which they are set signals a plentiful measure of hope.


Hollywood FF 2011 – najlepszy aktor drugoplanowy / best supporting actor

Mike Mills

Mike Mills was born in Berkeley, California in 1966. He graduated from Cooper Union, a merit-based, private New York college, in 1989. Mills is an accomplished graphic artist, whose best known works include album covers for The Beastie Boys, Beck and Sonic Youth. As a director, he has worked on music videos, documentaries and short films. In 2005, he released his feature-length debut, Thumbsucker, which screened as part of the Berlin Film Festival’s main competition.

Selected filmography

2000 Architecture of Reassurance (kr. m. / short)

2001 Paperboys (dok., kr. m. / doc., short.)

2002 Pulp Anthology (współreż., wideo / co-dir., video)

2005 Rodzinka / Thumbsucker

2010 Debiutanci / Beginners

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Cast & Crew

director Mike Mills
screenplay Mike Mills
cinematography Kasper Tuxen
editing Olivier Bugge Coutté
music Roger Neill, Dave Palmer, Brian Reitzell
cast Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Višnjić, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos
producer Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, Dean Vanech
production Olympus Pictures, Parts and Labor, Focus Features
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English, French
coloration colour
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