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Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

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A father struggling with bipolar disorder tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

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Maya Forbes

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Maya Forbes
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Cam Stuart
Zoe Saldana ... Maggie Stuart
Imogene Wolodarsky ... Amelia Stuart
Ashley Aufderheide ... Faith Stuart
Nekhebet Kum Juch ... Kim
Manoah Angelo Manoah Angelo ... Thurgood
Muriel Gould Muriel Gould ... Gaga
Tod Randolph Tod Randolph ... Ruth-Ann
Beth Dixon ... Pauline Stuart
Keir Dullea ... Murray Stuart
Georgia Lyman ... Becca
Paul Elias Paul Elias ... Dick
Chris Papavasiliou ... Mr. Fabrini
Patrick Shea Patrick Shea ... Business Man 1
Liam McNeill ... Young Man 1
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Storyline

In the late 1970s, in Boston, the bipolar Cameron "Cam" Stuart lives with his wife Maggie and their daughters Amelia and Faith in an isolated house in the countryside. When Cam is fired from his job, he has a mental breakdown and Maggie is forced to institutionalize him. When he is released, he moves to a small apartment while Maggie works to support the children. She decides to apply to an MBA program to improve her income and she is accepted by Columbia University in New York. She asks Cam to take care of the girls for eighteen months and he agrees despite his fears. Maggie moves to New York and Cam is responsible for Amelia and Faith's education. Will the scheme work? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What it takes to keep a family together See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Polar See more »

Filming Locations:

Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,000, 21 June 2015

Gross USA:

$1,430,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,824,678
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

There is a brief shot of the two daughters standing together at the end of a long corridor and facing their father while he is acting crazy. The camera angle, and 1970's color scheme seems to copy the infamous scene in The Shining (1980), where the creepy twin girls appear, while Danny is riding his tricycle around the hotel's corridors. Danny's father, played by Jack Nicholson, also suffers from a mental illness in The Shining (1980). See more »

Goofs

On a book shelf there are various board games in the background, including "Trivial Pursuit." The movie is set in 1978, Trivial Pursuit was not released on the market until 1982. See more »

Quotes

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Amelia Stuart: [narrating] My father was diagnosed manic depressive in 1967. He'd been going around Cambridge in a fake beard calling himself Jesus John Harvard. When he got better, he started working in public television in Boston. He met my mother there. He walked up and took her picture. On their first date, he took her on a driving tour of New England and told her all about his nervous breakdowns. She didn't care. She said it was a crazy time. Half the people they knew were going bananas. So ...
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Soundtracks

The Pirate Song
Written by Maya Forbes
Performed by Imogene Wolodarsky and Infinitely Polar Bear Cast & Crew
Courtesy of Beurre Noir Music
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Infinitely Personal With Wide Appeal
1 October 2014 | by christian94See all my reviews

Maya Forbes writes and directs a personal story of bittersweet childhood living in livid conditions with her sister, mother and eccentric bipolar father. A landmark first feature that has enough laughs but loads of conflicting emotions.

Zoe Saldana is a strong presence with her loving/loathing/longing and everything in between character. The ideal mother of her time and circumstances and the wife a man would fight for.

Mark Ruffalo is at the centre of it all with his charming, childlike and exuberant portrayal. He masters the manic episodes, the frailty, the fears, the hopes, the joys and the underlying deep love for his wife and kids.

The kids, one played by Maya Forbes's own daughter, are really adorable and act at a very high calibre. Creative, funny, aware and awkwardly accepting their weird family antics with a touch of rebellion.

Ultimately most of the credit is due to Maya's inventing and passionate storytelling in its form, content, message and lasting meaning. A film that is very human and difficult, but finds glimpse of beauty in little things that we should all hold dear.

An easy but complex crowd-pleaser with much meat and mastery for the critics and film aficionados.


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