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, Mature themes and coarse language88 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

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.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Feels good without feeling superficial.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

flicks

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.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Feels good without feeling superficial.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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