The Father (2020)

Title:  The Father

Year: 2020

Genre: Drama |

Runtime: 97 min

Director: Florian Zeller

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss



A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.


With a careful playout script and two actors in their prime, both Hopkins and Colman deliver emotions beyond everything. The narrative follows and plays with the reality that escapes from Anthony who plays and dement father that tries to grasp his own reality, where things change and contradicts each other. Where only a fragment of true reality plays out in its original form. There is no real dynamic in the script and the characters as we see the reality through Anthony’s perspective. On how reacts through things and how he feels, gives insight to the audience and the capacity of his sickness.

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It’s an intimate film with a narrative that plays out like a psychological thriller, only it’s dementia through someone ill’s eyes. Everything is fake or everything contradicts the thing that happened before. It’s also an independent character-based film that lets the characters move the narrative and not the other way around, which makes the final scenes even more effective. The story comprises at the end, where the reality becomes the truth. It’s a small, independent film but the narrative makes it feel more real. The character has the homerun throughout the whole story. The editing feels flawless combined with cautious directing.

Colman plays the daughter in a flawless way, even if she becomes off a little stale occasionally. Hopkins play a more pragmatic and natural character compared to his other works. He makes the sickness in his role more believable as the film sells you the idea that everything is fine but with the ending, it becomes contradicting. Other character plays out well in this chamber play. The music is part of the background, but it doesn’t really interfere with the narrative. It fits in the way it’s told.

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The dramatic twist revealed by it’s first you appreciate how the resolution came to be, as you see the story from a different perspective. How it ultimately affects you as you observe the story in a new light. However, the drama doesn’t keep you on the edge and it’s told like a theatrical piece in a way, as it’s based on the director’s own French play. It’s worth a watch but nothing that doesn’t keep you up at night, despite the award-winning strike.



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