- Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins
- June 11th 2021
- Florian Zeller
Anthony Hopkins gives a devastating portrayal of a dementia sufferer in Florian Zeller’s hard-hitting drama.
Back in April, Anthony Hopkins was deemed the surprise winner of the Best Actor Oscar, and now U.K. audiences can finally see the film, they can hopefully see why his win shouldn’t have been controversial at all.
The Father, co-written and directed by Florian Zeller from his 2012 play La Pere, tells the story of Anthony (Hopkins) and his battle with dementia and shows his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) struggling to figure out the best way to care for him.
If you think The Father is going to be a conventional drama about ageing and be just two people talking in a room, you will be very much mistaken.
Zeller impressively manages to place the audience in the shoes of Anthony, forces us to see the world from his perspective, and makes us feel what it’s like to lose your grip on your own mind.
It’s incredibly clever but absolutely unnerving, particularly in the beginning when you don’t know what’s going on, who is who, what is real or not, and who...