The Father

If you’ve ever had extended interaction with someone that suffers from Alzheimer’s you will recognize just about everything that happens in this film.  The film is unique in that it puts the viewer into the perspective of the patient and it is hard to find truths (in that sense it reminds me of several David Lynch movies).   In a weird kind of way the lack of plot creates an empty canvass for the actors.   And boy did they take advantage of it – while Hopkins does some fantastic work here I think it is Colman’s understated performance that steals the show.

There was one weird side effect that I noticed while watching the film.  It kind of felt like a mystery and that may have taken away from the overall theme of the movie.  If you paid attention you could probably predict the final scene.  If you’re not interested in the mental illness angle then you can certainly watch the movie on this level.

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Movie title: The Father

Movie description: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages and, as he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Date published: 2021-04-30

Director(s): Florian Zeller

Actor(s): Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Ayesha Dharker, Roman Zeller, Scott Mullins, Evie Wray

Genre: Drama

My Review

If you’ve ever had extended interaction with someone that suffers from Alzheimer’s you will recognize just about everything that happens in this film.  The film is unique in that it puts the viewer into the perspective of the patient and it is hard to find truths (in that sense it reminds me of several David Lynch movies).   In a weird kind of way the lack of plot creates an empty canvass for the actors.   And boy did they take advantage of it – while Hopkins does some fantastic work here I think it is Colman’s understated performance that steals the show.

There was one weird side effect that I noticed while watching the film.  It kind of felt like a mystery and that may have taken away from the overall theme of the movie.  If you paid attention you could probably predict the final scene.  If you’re not interested in the mental illness angle then you can certainly watch the movie on this level.

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