‘The Father’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins & Olivia Colman in Powerful Look at Dementia

Sony Pictures Classics

Take a look at the trailer that’s arrived for The Father, an upcoming drama led by Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.

Hopkins plays an 80-year-old man who refuses all assistance from his daughter (Colman) as he ages, determined not to accept that his age may be bringing on certain limitations. His loosening grip on reality is soon all too apparent, for both him, stuck in a world he’s struggling to make sense of, and his heartbroken daughter.

Early reviews have been praising this one, the feature directorial debut from French playwright Florian Zeller, adapting his own stage work from 2012. The performances have received wide acclaim and Zeller’s screenplay – co-written with Oscar-winning scribe Christopher Hampton (Atonement) – has also been commended for exploring dementia in reportedly brutal and emotional ways. Can’t wait to see this one, although I expect this awards contender will be far from a feel-good experience.

The Father, also starring Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams, gets a limited cinematic release in the US on December 18th before it gets a wide rollout on December 25th. It hits the United Kingdom on January 8th, 2021.

Official synopsis for The Father:

Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? THE FATHER warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

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