The Father

Dir: Florian Zeller
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots
97mins   2021   English   12A   UK    F-Rated

Winner, Best Actor, 2021 Academy Awards

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 unraveling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, to how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling? 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.

'Childlike vulnerability hasn't been something Hopkins has opened up to show us in a long, long while, but he seems ready for this role, hungry to do it, and you may not be prepared for how deep he goes' - Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph