Infinitely Polar Bear

Infinitely Polar Bear

Infinitely Polar Bear

Bittersweet comedy-drama about a strange time in an unconventional family's life - when a bipolar father (Mark Ruffalo), incapable of managing adult responsibilities, is forced to care for his two precocious daughters by himself. This is writer-director Maya Forbes' feature film debut, inspired by her own childhood.

"The year is 1978, and the Stuart family is struggling to hold it together. Cameron, a bipolar father, has had a nervous breakdown that leaves him unemployable, and Maggie, a hardworking mother, can’t quite make ends meet. Despite Cameron’s aristocratic pedigree and the couple’s top-notch education, they’re broke. When Maggie decides to accept a scholarship to pursue her MBA in New York, she must leave her daughters, Faith and Amelia, in Boston with their now-somewhat-convalesced father. So begins an untamed, unpredictable, 18-month experiment as eccentric, exuberant Cameron takes over primary parenting of his precocious, sensitive little girls." (Sundance Film Festival)

 

2014Rating: M, Offensive language88 minsUSA
ComedyDrama

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Infinitely Polar Bear / Reviews

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

If your experience of having an alcoholic parent with bipolar disorder isn’t particularly rosy then this film may not resonate with you. Writer/director Maya Forbes introduces us to her own father via this semi-autobiographical vehicle starring Mark Ruffalo as the boisterous and afflicted Cameron - an eccentric New York blue-blood that has suffered a nervous break down and a tumble down the social ladder.

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Variety

Variety

Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most appealing performances in writer-director Maya Forbes' irresistible feature debut.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

The film's saving grace is the cast, especially perhaps the two girls... vibrant and authentic performances, charming and real and utterly convincing.

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Time Out

Time Out

Ruffalo, a master of rumpled befuddlement, finds his signature role here...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Feels good without feeling superficial.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Heartfelt and honest, but it's too cute by half.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Funny and sympathetic memoir goes easy on the tale's dark side.

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