A few weeks ago, we reported on the first international trailer for Sundance breakout (class of 2014, not 2015) Infinitely Polar Bear. The film has been bouncing from festival to festival for over a year now, drumming up murmurs of buzz with each scattered appearance. At long last, audiences in the U.S. have a new trailer all their own, as well as a confirmed release date. Interested parties won’t have to wait much longer; Infinitely Polar Bear will go into wide release in mid-June.
Writer-director Maya Forbes based the film on her own experiences growing up with a severely manic-depressive father. In the film, dutiful mama Zoe Saldana goes to get her MBA and entrusts her darling girls to unstable spouse Mark Ruffalo. He has no choice but to hit the ground running and figure out this crazy parenting gig, all while keeping an eye on his lithium intake and fielding rather rude questions from strangers curious about his family’s setup. The trailer below offers a substantial glimpse at material not seen in the first trailer, so without further ado, take a look:
The trail of the tape
Title: Infinitely Polar Bear
Director: Maya Forbes
Screenwriter: Maya Forbes
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Keir Dullea
Release date: June 19, 2015
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “That was so embarrassing!”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
As Kate noted in the first trailer post, faithfully portraying mental illness on-screen can be a minefield. Lean too far one way, and neurochemical imbalances seem like a fun, quirky character trait. Lean too far the other, and the director risks stigmatizing mental ailments, as if it marks someone as sub-human. Forbes clearly has experience with the subject, and it seems as if Infinitely Polar Bear will be a depiction of even-handed care and support from Saldana (this grizzled face crinkled into a smile when the voiceover narration notes that Saldana’s character “loved him anyway”) and genuine, earnest striving from Ruffalo. Last year’s Frank didn’t shy away from the darker, realer side of depression and mental illness. It appears that Infinitely Polar Bear is prepared to take up that torch.