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Going back in time in 'Beginners' and 'The Debt'

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Going back in time in 'Beginners' and 'The Debt'

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in ‘The Beginners’.

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

As the famous line goes, “The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” Two recent films both confirm and challenge that claim. Beginners is the new film from Mike Mills about a young man in mourning for his father’s death and late life change in sexual orientation. It came out earlier this summer but it might worth a second look for those who missed it. The Debt starring Helen Mirren takes us back to the world of cold-war espionage and Nazi hunting. Time-traveling film critic and senior editor at TimeOut Chicago Hank Sartin joined Eight Forty-Eight to talk film. The Debt is out now at various locations, and The Beginners at the Gene Siskel Film Center through next Thursday.

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