‘Beginners’ is a lovely movie about coming to terms with the elements that shape who we are.

If we are so deeply defined by our familial bonds, and the constrictions of our environment and the times in which we live, how do we go about creating our own unique identity?

Spurred by the inspirational “coming out” of his father in the last stage of his life, and the chance meeting of a prospective new love, the lead character learns to embrace his roots, but take the initiative to define his own future.

Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer are terrifically paired as father and son, and develop a refreshing rapport that’s free of all the blistering neurosis that so often characterize cinematic treatments of familial relationships.