Brad Pitt stars in his third movie under the direction of David Fincher (following Se7en and Fight Club), in this adaptation of a poignant romantic short story by F Scott Fitzgerald.
In 1918, a boy is born who, despite his tiny size, more resembles an ancient, decrepit old man than a baby. When the child's mother dies shortly after the birth, the father, Thomas Button (Jason Flemyng), abandons the infant to a nursing home.
The child grows up named Benjamin Button (Pitt) and, as he develops, it becomes clear that he has an extremely unusual genetic condition which causes his appearance to become younger as the years pass, while his body grows at a normal rate.
As a wizened-looking Benjamin is about to enter his teens he first meets Daisy (played in her later years by Cate Blanchett), who, after various twists of fate, is destined to become the love of his life.
But, as he turns ever younger, while she ages at a normal pace, their romance inevitably faces some challenging problems.
Also starring Tilda Swinton and Julia Ormond, and featuring some impressive make-up and CGI effects.