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The Father

How do you support your father if he has dementia and doesn’t want help? Touching drama with Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for his beautiful lead role.

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Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? 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.

Florian Zeller, UK, 2020, 97 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell.
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