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The father (2021)

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6/10: Hopkins' masterclass performances makes it...
Friday, September 10, 2021

Hopkins' masterclass performances makes it easy to forget some screenplay flaws here and there "The Father" is a new movie, well from 2020, and a co-production between the United Kingdom and France. The movie runs for under 100 minutes, so not a particularly long film by any means. And yet this was one of the biggest players from the previous awards season. The director is Florian Zeller and his career path can really be described as unusual. He launched his career through stage plays and mostly focused on these as well in recent years, even if here and there he also moved on to movies. So the smallest surprise here is probably that he wrote the screenplay himself. The bigger surprise is that he directed. And he did not have a co-director despite not being experienced at all in this department, but a co-writer. That would be Christopher Hampton and he has been in the industry for...

9/10: How does one respond when...
Sunday, March 22, 2020

How does one respond when they cannot know reality? How does one respond when they cannot know reality? This is the main question of the Father.The Father is adapted from director Florian Zeller's stage play by the same name. The story centers on Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), an aging man who slowly loses his grip on reality due to dementia. His daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) does her best to care for him, but she too has a life she wants to live-her boyfriend Paul (Rufus Sewell) has asked her to move to Paris with him. Anne struggles to find an aid who can handle her father, so that she can get on with her life. Zeller shared that his inspiration for the film was watching his grandmother, who raised him, pass away from dementia. You can feel the emotion coming through every part of the film.The movie starts with Anne confronting Anthony for chasing off the last...

9/10: The Father With cinemas being...
Monday, April 19, 2021

The Father With cinemas being closed during the COVID-19 lockdown, it was difficult know when I'd be able to watch this on the big screen, so I'm thankful when it went online, with it being nominated during Awards Season, I was most keen to watch it, based on the acclaimed play by Florian Zeller, who debuts as writer and director. Basically, Anne (Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Olivia Colman) visits her father Anthony (Oscar and BAFTA winning, and Golden Globe nominated Anthony Hopkins) in his flat after he becomes aggressive towards his recent caretaker. Anthony has developing dementia and constantly forgets important life events and where things are in his flat, including his watch, even though he places it in the same place every day. He tells Anne he thinks his recent caretaker stole his watch and that he will never leave his flat. Anne tells Anthony she plans to leave London and move to Paris to...

10/10: A Haunting and Devastating View...
Monday, January 4, 2021

A Haunting and Devastating View of Dementia IN BRIEF: Great performances and sensitive direction create a haunting journey into dementia.JIM'S REVIEW: (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) It's been a few days since I have seen Florian Zeller's brilliant film, The Father, and it still haunts me with its vivid depiction of the ravages of dementia. Other films have previously tackled this tragic disease very well. Amour, Still Alice, Away From Her, Iris, these exceptional films do come to mind, but no moviegoing experience will prepare you for this emotional free-fall.We witness Anthony's mental decline directly as we are transported to his ever-changing world. It is a jarring and disturbing view. Scenes are flipped and repeated by different characters. Actors trade roles and utter familiar dialog heard before. Items are lost or found and settings are slightly askew with changes in decor hinting at his mental disarray and anguish. As moviegoers, we cannot recognize the real...

10/10: Lost In Your Own Mind...
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Lost In Your Own Mind This film should be watched as a lesson/warning to help understand the curse of Alzheimers/Senility.My dad developed Alzheimers and over the years became a different man to the one I knew. It started with little things. He'd 'lose' his wallet. A couple of times he'd take the cash from Ma's purse and 'lose' it. He had worked as a plumber. One day I went to visit him. As I opened the front door I smelt gas. There was dad,in the front room with a stripped out gas fire,about to use a blow torch. That was the day Ma told me she couldn't cope and so I moved back home to help look after him. Slowly he got worse. He'd go out early in the morning for walks. Sometimes in just his underwear. Once he managed to leave the house and we ended up having to...

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