Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Best of '15: Infinitely Polar Bear
-I bet you're sorry you married him.
This movie is about a stay-at-home dad struggling to take care of his two daughters after returning from being hospitalized and still recovering from a "breakdown" related to his bipolar disorder. I'm sure you can imagine this is a pretty tough film to watch. But it's real. So real, that I was sure it had to be autobiographical. Sure enough, after I was done with the film, I looked up the director (Maya Forbes) who not only wrote the screenplay based on her childhood, but cast her real-life daughter as herself. You can't fake that kind of realism. A powerfully moving film about loving through all adversity.