“Beginners” imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage - came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.
Chillfest, the mostly gay and lesbian film series of Jersey City, presents LGBT-themed films to Hudson County and the region. The first series of its kind in New Jersey, Chillfest is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization. Join “Chillfest Jersey City” on Facebook.
What: “Beginners” starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent
When: Sunday, Jan. 8, 4:15 p.m.
Where: At LITM, 140 Newark Ave., Jersey City (1 block from Grove Street PATH station)
Tickets: $10 door or $7 advance through www.chillfest.org.