This is what Tree of Life should have been. Nonlinear storytelling with odd quirks but has a coherent plot mixed in with strange tidbits. Classic tale of a privileged man overcoming the part of his life with many humps, but told in a novel fashion.
This was an entertaining little film. Themes I observed in this film include: isolation (self-imposed for all three major characters), the challenge of transitions, and the negative consequences of living with opportunity. The conversation bubbles for the dog were well executed; funny but not excessively utilized.
Beginners is written and directed by Mike Mills. It tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man trying to deal with two stunning revelations from his 75 year-old father Hal (Christopher Plummer): that he is gay and gravely ill.
The film is based on the true-life coming out of Mills' father at the age of 75.