2020 | UK, France | 97 mins | M, Offensive language
- Director: Florian Zeller (feature debut)
- Writer: Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton
- Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Evie Wray, Mark GatissImogen Poots, Ayesha Dharker
The Father is an act of understanding, radical in its toughness and its generous artistry.
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams, The Father introduces us to Anthony (Hopkins) – an independently-minded firebrand, unaware that he is gradually losing his grip on reality.
Supported by his loving family, Zeller’s film breathtakingly depicts the jarring shifts in Anthony’s experience of daily life.
The Father warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.
Already considered a frontrunner in the awards season, Florian Zeller directs a screenplay by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement) based on the filmmaker’s acclaimed play.
Every once in a while, there comes a career-defining performance from a master actor that doesn’t just steal a film… it owns it. …
Anthony Hopkins’ mesmerizing turn in Florian Zeller’s feature-length directorial debut The Father may just be the most vulnerable and brutally candid he’s even been–which is quite the feat. This is Hopkins firing on all cylinders. No holds barred, pedal to the metal, as raw as acting gets. By the time the last, lingering frame fades like a gentle but final exhalation of breath, you will find yourself breathless.
A brutal, trippy portrait of what it must feel like to lose your grip on reality boasts an Oscar-worthy performance
It’s astounding, heartbreaking work, watching him try to rationally explain to himself and those around him what he’s experiencing. In some of the film’s most quietly upsetting moments, his world has shifted yet again but he remains silent, knowing that any attempt to question what he’s woken up to will only fall on deaf ears.
The Father incorporates what could have just been a storytelling gimmick and infuses it with such sorrow, grace and even the occasional dark joke that it becomes a profound exploration of how we say goodbye to someone dear to us — even though they have not yet really gone.