Taglines: What it takes to keep a family together?
In the late 1970s, Cameron (Cam) Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) is a Boston man suffering from bipolar disorder. He has had a psychotic break, which has caused him to be fired from his job and hospitalized. To be able to afford to take care of their two young children, Cam’s wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) moves herself and the children to a small rent-controlled apartment, where she struggles to find enough work to support the three of them.
As Cam is rehabilitated, he moves from a halfway house out on his own. Maggie begins to apply to business schools so the family will eventually become more financially secure, for the sake of the children who are attending a third-rate school in a bad part of town. Maggie manages to obtain a scholarship to attend Columbia University, and she asks Cam to take care of their daughters while she moves to New York for 18 months in order to get her M.B.A.. Cam reluctantly agrees.
The girls are embarrassed to live with Cam, who sometimes abandons them in the middle of the night, is aggressively friendly with their neighbors, and start countless messy projects, making their apartment nearly unliveable. However, his daughters love Cam deeply and try to help him raise them. Cam take them to visit his grandmother, a wealthy Boston Brahmin who controls the family trust, and who pays the cost of their rent-controlled apartment. After the grandmother tries to give Cam her Bentley, he asks her to instead pay for the girls to be privately educated, but the grandmother refuses.
Infinitely Polar Bear is an American comedy film written and directed by Maya Forbes, and starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide. The film premiered in competition at the 10th Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. The film was released on June 19, 2015, by Sony Pictures Classics,
Imogene Wolodarsky, Forbes’s 12-year-old daughter, plays a fictionalized version of Forbes in Infinitely Polar Bear (the character’s name is Amelia Stuart, but the film is described as autobiographical). Although some people questioned whether Wolodarsky (who had no previous professional acting experience) would be right for the role, Forbes was certain, particularly after seeing her daughter audition with Ruffalo and Saldana.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Directed by: Maya Forbes
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Keir Dullea, Beth Dixon, Muriel Gould
Screenplay by: Maya Forbes
Production Design by: Carl Sprague
Cinematography by: Bobby Bukowski
Film Editing by: Michael R. Miller
Costume Design by: Kasia Walicka-Maimone
Set Decoration by: Jennifer Engel
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
MPAA Rating: R for language.
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: June 19, 2015