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Infinitely Polar Bear handles its thorny themes with a somewhat troublesomely light touch, but Mark Ruffalo's complex performance keeps the drama solidly grounded.
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Cynics may scoff at the fact that Infinitely Polar Bear glosses some of the filmmaker's darker memories, but they'll need an ice bucket handy if they intend to avoid its warmth altogether.
Ruffalo is generally wonderful at finding the tone and mood of a character and holding to it; here he has to bounce about, but again he latches onto a consistent energy that makes Cameron a singular life force.
"Infinitely Polar Bear" is a much-needed reminder that the realm of film is still a place to encounter something other than comic-book scenarios.
Forbes' sweetness of tone and wise casting makes "Infinitely Polar Bear" irresistible.
It's ultimately a feel-good movie with some poignant moments ...
Deeply personal and filled with love, Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear is nonetheless a hard movie to watch - hard to watch comfortably.
I love the movie's fluidity, but a bit more narrative asymmetry might have given the story a more interesting shape.
The story is too close to home for this to seem like anything but a vanity project-one whose familial hostility is thinly veiled at best.
Forbes uses the strength of her cast and story of togetherness and persevering through various family and personal struggles to give us a portrait of unique experience driven by its fantastic performances and character relationships.
A film about sacrifices, yes, but also about goodness and the unpredictability that is the human feeling. [Full review in Spanish]
Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes' lovely film shows she has moved forward.
It is the fact that Infinitely Polar Bear provides an opportunity for audiences to engage in these considerations, effortlessly, that the film will win over hearts and minds.
It's a genuine relief to see actual human stories -- and not only ones that end with a bang -- still being made. This movie is a triumph from beginning to end, with it's biggest strength lying behind Mark Ruffolo's virtuoso/career-best performance, that is only emblematic of the amazing streak of roles this uniquely subtle actor has been giving us in recent years. "Infinitely polar bear" is a wonderful effort from first time director, Maya Forbes who bases the script on her own childhood experience, dealing with a Bi-Polar father. This is, without a doubt, one of the most important and underrated films of the year.
"Infinitely Polar Bear" showcases the talents of Mark Ruffalo in a role unlike anything you have ever seen him in before. Dealing with smoking, drinking, and mental issues simultaneously, his wife leaves him until he is fully recovered. Broke and alone, he comes back home to take care of his kids as his ex-wife leaves to New York to attend school. This film really does center around Mark Ruffalo's character and his arcs are incredible to watch unfold. In the end, this film is a very well-written, well-acted, and well-directed character study that definitely deserves it's awards talk/ "Infinitely Polar Bear" is terrific!
Infinitely Polar Bear seeks to put a smiley face on dad's affliction. That colors this account as a very shallow production. The lives of Father and his 2 daughters are presented as a series of highs and lows with little insight into any of it. As the filtered recollections of a child, that would explain the lack of sense. Obviously the autobiographical tale is a personal project for Maya. Her husband, Wally Wolodarsky, even co-produced. She presents this earnest drama as a sugarcoated valentine to her father who passed away in 1998. I'll give the chronicle points for heart and sincerity. But Maya Forbes can't seem to make the events in these people's lives seem like anything more substantial than quirky gimmicks. The production is merely a whimsical roller coaster of contrivances designed to tug at your heartstrings. Infinitely Polar Bear comes across more like a sunny sitcom called My Goofy Dad than a thoughtful portrait of a man suffering from a serious mental illness.
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