REVIEW: The Father (2021)

Sir Anthony Hopkins in Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER — Photo: Sean Gleason / Sony Pictures Classics.

Directed by Florian Zeller — Screenplay by Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton.

Based on his own play of the same name (Le Père), The Father is the film directorial debut of Florian Zeller, a French novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. The film follows an elderly man suffering from progressing dementia, Anthony (played by Anthony Hopkins), as he lives with his daughter, Anne (played by Olivia Colman), and her partner. Anthony’s shifting moods and memory disorders have made it difficult for caregivers to take care of him, so Anne has put her life on hold to take care of him. But, as he is losing his grip on reality, Anne informs him that she may have to move to Paris and leave him in London.

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