First Glance: “The Father”

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.

13 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Father”

    • I’m so excited to see it. Would love for it to show in a theater here but in my market we sometimes struggle to get these types of films. So I’ll be left hoping for a screener. Fingers crossed.

  1. As much as I like this cast, I never enjoy movies that center around dementia. I didn’t like Amour, or Still Alice, or Away From Her, and I doubt I’ll seek this out unless it becomes a big Oscar contender and I have to force myself to watch it for my blog. lol

    • I completely respect that. These movies walk a fine line for me. It they really capture the humanity at the core of the subject matter I really respond to them. But not all do though.

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