Directed by Florian Zeller
Anthony is 81 years old. He lives alone in his London apartment and refuses all of the nurses that his daughter, Anne, tries to impose upon him. Yet such a necessity is becoming more and more pressing for her, as she can’t see him every day anymore: she has taken the decision to move to Paris to live with a man she has just met…
But if such is the case, then who is this stranger who suddenly bursts into Anthony’s living room, claiming to be married to Anne for over ten years? And why is he claiming with such conviction that they are at the supposed married couple’s home, and not his? Is Anthony losing his mind? Yet he recognizes the place: it is indeed his apartment, and only just the night before was Anne reminding him of her divorce… And didn’t she decide to go and live in Paris? Then why is she now insisting that this was never the case? There seems to be something going around, as if the world, for a moment, has ceased to be logical. Unless his daughter, and her new companion, are the ones trying to make him appear as crazy? Is their objective in fact to rob him of his apartment? Do they want to get rid of him? And where is Lucy, his other daughter?
Astray in a labyrinth of answerless questions, Anthony desperately attempts to understand what is going on around him. The Father is about the painful trajectory of a man whose reality crumbles little by little before our eyes.
Yet it is also the story of Anne, his daughter, who faces an equally painful dilemma: what must she do with her father? Should she take him with her, even if that means compromising her life with Paul? Does she have the right to live her own life? What happens when one must become parent of one’s own parents?
In a year full of titanic male performances, Anthony Hopkins ranks high for his seismic turn in The Father. – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
M – Mature themes and coarse language.
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Anthony – Anthony Hopkins
Anne – Olivia Colman
Paul – Rufus Sewell
Laura – Imogen Poots
The Man / Bill – Mark Gatiss
The Woman / Catherine – Olivia Williams
Director & Writer – Florian Zeller
Writer – Christopher Hampton
Producer – Philippe Carcassonne
Producer – Jean-Louis Livi
Producer – David Parfitt
Director of Photography – Ben Smithard
Hair & Make-Up Designer – Nadia Stacey
Costume Designer – Anna Mary Scott Robbins