Infinitely Polar Bear

"Intimate yet expansive, clear-eyed yet deeply personal, “Infinitely Polar Bear” marks an irresistible feature debut for writer-director Maya Forbes."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"The film moves in energetic waves, cresting and breaking along with Cam's (Ruffalo's) manic episodes."
- Emma Myers, Indiewire
"What Ruffalo and Forbes achieve here is staggering"
- Stuff NZ
Official Selection 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Synopsis

While most fathers spend their days at work, CAM STUART (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found mushroom-hunting, cooking elaborate meals, or working on one of his many half-completed projects. His family's wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. When Cam has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife MAGGIE (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters, AMELIA and FAITH, are forced to leave their house in the country and move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge, where Maggie tries to find a decent job, with no luck. Broke, stressed, and overwhelmed, Maggie applies to business school and is accepted to Columbia University's MBA program. Seeing this as her chance to build a better life for their daughters, Maggie asks Cam to become the primary caregiver for the girls while she completes her degree in New York. After all, routine is what the doctor ordered and the girls miss their dad. Cam agrees, hoping to rebuild his family. But the two spirited girls are not interested in making things easy for him. With Maggie away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he's in over his head. Over the course of the next 18 months, as Maggie rushes to complete her degree, he learns, through trial and a lot of error, how to take care of his precocious daughters as well as himself. After years of struggling to find his place in the world, Cam may finally have found where he fits in. Based on a true story, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Comedy|Drama
Running Time: 90 mins.
Year: 2014

CREDITS

CAST
Mark Ruffalo ()
Zoe Saldana ()
Manoah Angelo ()
Ashley Aufderheide ()
Imogene Wolodarsky ()
Keir Dullea ()
DIRECTED BY
Maya Forbes

TRAILER


PHOTOS

Left to right: Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart and Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Bobby Bukowski, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Director Maya Forbes. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart, Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart and Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to right: Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart, Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart and Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart, Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to right: Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart and Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart, Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart and Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Zoe Saldana as Maggie Stuart, Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart, Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart and Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Left to right: Director Maya Forbes and Zoe Saldana Photo by Claire Folger, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to right: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo and Director Maya Forbes. Photo by Seacia Pavao, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.