What’s it about?
Infinitely Polar Bear is about a father named Cam (Mark Ruffalo) who is manic-depressive and takes on the everyday care of his two daughters (Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide) while their mother, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) is getting her business degree.
What I appreciate:
Mark Ruffalo did a pretty amazing job in this movie. I loved the way the film allowed the space for the viewers to determine their own ideas about the father's disorder and how it affects his children. At some points in the film the girls are in danger because of their father's disorder, but other times they go on adventures. I think the film was a good representation of the ups and downs of having a parent with a mental health disorder along with the love that permeates that experience.
This film is a little triggering if you're childhood mirrors that of these girls. I have grown up with a parent with schizophrenia so I felt particularly touched and emotional by specific moments of the film. This film also takes place in Boston (where I grew up) and that held even more significance for me.
Should you see it?
I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch something uplifting and "feel-goody." I wasn't a huge fan of Zoe Saldana's acting in this film. It was hard to see the family as a connected unit because of that. But that is a personal opinion and we all have those :)
I am an advocate of art and representation of different experiences. This film truly adds to the narrative landscape of film about mental health disorders. For that reason alone, it's a must watch.
Infinitely Polar Bear will be released on Amazon on January 5th!