The Father 12A
From the archive
This film was last shown on 8 July 2021
Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar winning performance as a man in the grips of dementia, powers this adaptation the award-winning play, The Father.
Anthony (Hopkins) is 81 years old. He lives alone in his London flat and refuses all the nurses his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) tries to impose upon him. But the necessity of organising care is becoming more and more pressing, as she’s decided to move to Paris with a man she’s just met.
If that’s the case though, who’s the stranger in Anthony’s living room, claiming he’s been married to Anne for years? Why does he say that this is the supposed married couple’s home, and not his? There is something going on; the world is no longer logical – are they trying to make him seem crazy?
Zeller’s brutal, fractured film explores the agonising trajectory of dementia from the sufferer’s point of view, as reality dissembles, crumbles, and finally becomes something that can’t be trusted.
- Florian Zeller
- UK | FRANCE
- 1 hour 36 minutes
- Anthony Hopkins, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Coleman