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Apr 292021
 

The Father

(2020)

photo for The Father Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), 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 film 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. Hopkins won the Best Actor Oscar.

Vitals: Director: Florian Zeller. Stars: Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Ayesha Dharker, Roman Zeller, Scott Mullins. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 97 min., Drama, US box office gross: $1.707 million, worldwide $4.000 million, Sony. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 3 stars

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