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THE FATHER

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  • Tue 22 Jun to Thu 24 Jun
  • 96 minutes
  • Director: Florian Zeller
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Coleman, Mark Gatiss, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams.
  • UK (2020)

Synopsis

Emotionally powerful and immersive drama meets real-life psychological horror in this gripping multi international award winner. With an extraordinary Oscar-winning performance by Anthony Hopkins as the mischievous and fiercely independent father to Olivia Colman's increasingly despairing daughter, THE FATHER's perceptive screenplay, by debut director Florian Zeller and  Christopher Hampton, brings vividly to life a decline into dementia.


Anthony is living defiantly alone and rejects each carer that his daughter, Anne, introduces. But permanent help is becoming a necessity. When he wakes up bewildered in a home with people he doesn’t recognize it is clear how far and how quickly reality is slipping from his grasp...


But THE FATHER is no clinical portrait of a disintegrating mind. Its magnificent subjective, shifting construction immerses the audience in the labyrinthine chaos of Anthony’s mind, playing tricks and constantly forcing us to question what is unfolding in front of our eyes.



‘Florian Zeller… has pulled off a dazzling feat here… Struggling to navigate this muddied mélange of past and present is a brilliant Hopkins, giving a performance that’s both charismatic and ferocious… It’s some of the absolute best work of Hopkins’ lengthy and storied career… Olivia Colman is consistently his equal.’ -  RogerEbert.com