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The Father

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.
(PG-13, 97 min.)


Friday, March 12, 2021


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? [Metacritic]

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss
Director: Florian Zeller
Genre(s): Drama

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"The results are both mind-bending and heart-rending."

— Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

"The Father is an act of understanding, radical in its toughness and its generous artistry."

— Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

"It’s not an easy watch, but it’s a necessary one, a film that examines the very essence of our humanity."

— Alex Saveliev, Film Threat

"The Father is an act of understanding, radical in its toughness and its generous artistry."

— Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

"A very inventive and accomplished debut for Zeller: an awesomely difficult subject beautifully, movingly brought to the cinema screen."

— David Stratton, The Australian

"It's a tough watch but a structurally powerful piece of storytelling with a powerhouse performance at its center, matched by a supporting ensemble that doesn't have a weak link."

— Brian Tallerico,

"Over the course of 97 increasingly grim minutes, Zeller's puzzle-box drama distills the abstract concept of senility into an ontological experience that denies your sympathy at almost every turn."

— David Ehrlich, indieWire

"Director/co-writer Florian Zeller, adapting his stage play, exhibits the psychodramatic rigour of Michael Haneke or Stanley Kubrick, but also compassion and real understanding of mental-health issues."

— Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"The best film about the wages of aging since Amour eight years ago, The Father takes a bracingly insightful, subtle and nuanced look at encroaching dementia and the toll it takes on those in close proximity to the afflicted."

— Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

"The Father is a chamber piece, but it has the artistic verve to keep twisting the reality it shows us without becoming a stunt. All the actors in The Father are vivid (Colman brings her role a loving vulnerability that warms you), but Hopkins is flat-out stunning."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety