Infinitely polar bear

In an early scene in Infinitely polar bear Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) wants to prevent his wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) from leaving with their two daughters, Amelia (director Maya Forbes’s 12-year-old daughter, Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide). It looks like a cold October day and Cam arrives on a bike wearing red bikini bathing briefs and a red bandanna. Understandably Maggie and the girls are afraid of him and have locked themselves in the car. Cam suffers from manic depression (AKA bipolar disorder). After some time in a mental hospital and a halfway house, Cam is ready to go back to a sort of normal life, although Cam is unemployed, and Cam and Maggie are now separated. It is then that Maggie tells Cam about her plan. Since she is the sole breadwinner, Maggie wants to move to New York so she can study to get a MBA in order to make a better future for the family. It will be up to Cam to take care of their daughters. Talk about a bad idea. Chain smoking, tempestuous, beer guzzling while taking lithium, Cam will sometime leave the girls alone at night to go to a bar. Most of the time the apartment is a mess, and he embarrasses the heck out of his daughters. In other words: A mess. But he can also be fun and creative, and he is good with children. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana give worthy performances. And it is fun to watch Ruffalo play with the two young actresses. But I was annoyed most of the time, so I can’t really recommend it.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

Infinitely polar bear

Directed by:

Maya Forbes

Screenplay by:

Maya Forbes

Starring:

Mark Ruffalo

Zoe Saldana

Imogene Wolodarsky

Ashley Aufderheide

Keir Dullea

90 min.

Rated 14A

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