Set in the the late 1970s, the film conveys the decade thanks to the spot on costume design from Kasia Walicka-Maimone and a fantastic soundtrack featuring songs from George Harrison, Ike and Tina Tuner, and The Doc Watson Family. Infinitely Polar Bear may take place in the 1970s, but writer/director Maya Forbes creates a timeless story of what it means to be a family – no matter what decade you are living in. –Film School Rejects
Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear, is now playing in theaters near you. Infinitely Polar Bear (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is out now via Lakeshore Records. A Sony Pictures Classics release, Paper Street Film and Park Pictures present, in association with Bad Robot and KGB Media: Infinitely Polar Bear is now playing in theaters (check show times). Read film reviews and get more soundtrack details below.
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Writer-director Maya Forbes based Infinitely Polar Bear on her own experiences growing up with a manic-depressive father, and the movie exudes familial love and forgiveness. That spirit of generosity also helps the movie avoid typical mental-illness melodrama, even as Mark Ruffalo goes big in his performance as bipolar bohemian Cam Stuart. –Las Vegas Weekly
Ruffalo is wonderful in ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ruffalo adds another superb performance to his impressive career. –We Are Movie Geeks
Saldana blooms gorgeously on screen, painfully and endearingly portraying the choices that Maggie Stuart, the wife of a charming manic-depressive (Mark Ruffalo) must make to survive in 1970s Boston with their two children. – USA Today
The performances are excellent, all around, and the story is simple and filmed with care. –Buffalo ArtVoice
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is about a manic-depressive mess of a father who 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. “When I was six, my world imploded. My father suffered a series of manic breakdowns and my parents separated as a result,” described Maya about this incredibly intimate film. “My sister and I were sad and furious and ashamed of the way we lived. And yet, in the end, it worked. We became our own version of a family — just like so many families out there who survive, and even thrive, in unconventional ways.”