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161 Ratings

Infinitely Polar Bear

Directed by Maya Forbes
United States, 2014


A manic-depressive mess of a father 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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Infinitely Polar Bear Directed by Maya Forbes

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

2016 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Directors to Watch

If the film were not such a stylistic grab bag, chock a block with hideous cinematography and amateurish kid performances seemingly patched together in post, perhaps I would have shrugged it [a weird edit] off as an honest mistake. Unfortunately it seemed to fit right in to the rest of the film.
January 20, 2016
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Maya Forbes, a veteran Hollywood screenwriter making her directorial debut, based this on her own childhood, which might explain why the father is so emotionally specific. You can see traces of his sensitivity and curiosity even as he falls prey to mania or depression, and the instant he starts doing well, you worry that another unpleasant episode is imminent. The film takes place from 1978 to ’79, and the warm, shaggy vibe evokes the movies of Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Being There).
June 24, 2015
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Infinitely Polar Bear is a good example of how a film that looks on paper like a mess of indie clichés can be redeemed by fantastic performances … even if, ultimately, it remains a mess of indie clichés.
June 20, 2015
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