Maya Forbes’ semi-autobiographical Infinitely Polar Bear premiered over a year ago at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and while it’s popped up at a number of other festivals in the interim, it’s finally set to hit a theater near you sometime this spring. Despite its trying subject matter—it’s loosely about Forbes’ own dad and his struggles to hold himself and his family together despite his severe manic-depression—the film looks to be genuinely charming. That’s probably because Mark Ruffalo, human charm manufacturer, stars in the film and, from the looks of the film’s first trailer, he’s hard at work pouring on the sweetness.
The film centers on Ruffalo’s Cameron, tasked with holding his already crumbling family together when his wife (Zoe Saldana) goes off to business school. The pair have already been through plenty of problems—Cameron’s inability to keep up with his meds appears to be a big one—and the challenge seems like a bit of a “one last try” endeavor. Can it work?
The trail of the tape
Title: Infinitely Polar Bear
Director: Maya Forbes
Screenwriter: Maya Forbes
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Keir Dullea
Release date: March
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Name one father who is up right now, sewing a flamenco skirt for their daughter!”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Mental illness is an incredibly tricky thing to put on the big screen, but considering this is based on Forbes’ own life, Infinitely Polar Bear could possess the kind of honesty and sensitivity films like this are so often lacking. And, of course, Ruffalo.