Beginners script
Beginners (2010)
Synopsis: After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, comes out of the closet. When Hal passes away a few years later, Oliver grows depressed, struggling with his failing career as an artist while constantly remembering his childhood and time spent with his dad. Oliver's loneliness is eased when he meets actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent), but their relationship is threatened by their mutual fear of commitment.

OLIVER (V.O.) (CONT'D)

My parents got married in 1955.

SHOT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, SHOT OF AN OLD HOUSE:

OLIVER:

He was a museum director - she

fixed up old houses.

1955 STILL PHOTO OF A BABY BEING BORN:

OLIVER:

They had a child, and they stayed

married for 44 years...

A SEQUENCE OF STILL SHOTS OF FRENCH TOAST IN DIFFERENT STAGES

OF BEING EATEN, THEN STILL SHOTS OF STRAWS THAT JUMP CUT INTO

CIGARETTES, THEN LIVE ACTION CLIP FROM THE TELETUBBIES, AND

THEN RAPID FIRE THROUGH STILL SHOTS OF EVERY PRESIDENT FROM

1924 TO 2003 AND BACK.

OLIVER (V.O.) (CONT'D)

...Until she died in their bed,

after four months of cancer and

eating French toast for every meal

and watching the Teletubbies

everyday and confusing white straws

for her cigarettes and skipping

back and forth through time inside

her head.

INT. HAL’S HOUSE LIVING ROOM - DAY

Hal fields sits on a couch, in a purple sweater, looking into

camera, struggling for words.

OLIVER (V.O.)

Six months later, my father told me

he was gay. He had just turned 75.

HAL:

I’m gay.

Same camera angle, Hal still looking into camera we jump cut

to him wearing a robe.

OLIVER V.O. (CONT'D)

I always remember him wearing a

purple sweater when he told me this

but actually he wore a robe.

(CONTINUED)

10/29/07 5.

CONTINUED:

HAL:

I'm gay.

Same angle, we continue to jump cut through Hal talking to

camera, each cut in different clothes, and with each cut his

line has a different inflection.

HAL (CONT'D)

I'm gay.

Jump cut, new outfit.

HAL (CONT'D)

I loved your mother, but, uh... now

I want to explore this side.

Jump cut, new outfit.

HAL (CONT'D)

I don't want to be just

theoretically gay, I want to do

something about it.

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Mike Mills

Michael C. "Mike" Mills is an American film and music video director and graphic designer. He is perhaps best known for his independent films Thumbsucker and Beginners. more…

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