Friday, July 29, 2011

BEGINNERS (Mike Mills, 2010)

****½
USA
Where most movies scramble to develop a single credible character, this one renders indelible at least four - gently, in novelistic detail. Mills adopts several showy French New Wave-y techniques that somehow don't feel showy. His film is warm yet bracing, brooding yet witty, nostalgic yet piercing, intimate yet sprawling. It's a humble miracle.

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