Infinitely Polar Bear

infinitely polar bearWriter/Director Maya Forbes’ debut, Infinitely Polar Bear explores the lives of a young Boston family in Boston during the late 1970’s. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana play parents to precocious sisters Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide. Ruffalo’s character Cam suffers from manic depression and because it’s the 70’s, the treatment is harsh. So he often self-medicates with alcohol rather than his Lithium. Saldana’s Maggie gets accepted to Columbia’s MBA program and asks Cam to move back in and take care of the girls for 18 months while she gets her degree. I love an indie full of heart. Infinitely Polar Bear shows lots of heart in spite of the chaos of Cam’s illness. The young actresses playing the daughters are better than they should be – naturals at playing the role of embarrassed children. Ruffalo and Saldana make the film easy to watch, charming with a dash of honesty not always found in issue films. Happy to spent time with Infinitely Polar Bear. 4 out of 5.

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