Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman head the upcoming family drama “The Father” from director and co-writer Florian Zeller. It had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival and the initial reviews have been strong. One quote that stood out to me came from The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy who called it “The best film about the wages of aging since AMOUR eight years ago.” As someone who adores that Haneke film, that is high praise.
Hopkins plays an elderly man struggling with early-stage dementia. He moves in with his daughter (played by Coleman) and son-in-law (Rufus Sewell) who attempt to care for him while coping with the sad reality of his condition. Imogen Poots also appears playing a young caregiver. While this subject matter has been dealt with before and will certainly hit too close to home for some, the first trailer shows astonishing humanity. And with Hopkins and Coleman leading the way you have to be optimistic.
“The Father” premieres December 18th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.