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Anthony Hopkins in The Father
Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay
Overview: 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.
A man (Anthony Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) 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.
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Package Dimensions : 7.48 x 5.35 x 0.55 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : Florian Zeller
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : May 18, 2021
- Actors : Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Simon Friend, Philippe Carcassonne
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B091DWSMBM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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‘Nothing is as it seems.’ Having just frightened away his recent caregiver, Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), an London octogenarian gradually succumbing to dementia, feels abandoned when his concerned daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) tells him she's moving to Paris. Confused and upset, against the backdrop of a warped perspective and his rapid, heart-rending mental decline, Anthony is struggling to differentiate between his perception of reality and that of his daughter and caregivers. Now, as faded memories and glimpses of lucidity trigger sudden mood swings, dear ones, Anthony's surroundings, and even time itself become distorted. Why has his younger daughter stopped visiting (she is deceased)? Who are the strangers that burst in on Anthony (a new caregiver Laura – Imogen Poots and a nurse Catherine – Olivia Williams and Anne’s husband Paul – Rufus Sewell and Paul – Mark Gatiss)?
The way in which Zeller has written this story captures the elements of elderly dementia/Alzheimer’s victims’ perception of the world: scenes are often played both in the imaginary state Anthony perceives and in the reality form. The technique works brilliantly. Anthony Hopkins brings credibility to this role, as do Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams. The ensemble works intricately well as the story weaves in and out of Anthony’s two worlds. The mood of the piece is heightened by the use of excerpts from operas by Purcell, Bellini, and Bizet, and the music of Ludovico Einaudi. A completely satisfying and insightful film! Grady Harp, May 21