The Father (2020) – Encore Review 2


“I don’t need any help from anyone. And I’m not going to leave my flat. All I want is for everyone to f*ck off. Having said that… it’s been a great pleasure. Au revoir. Toodle-oo.” – Anthony

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (1 Apr 2021, 16 Apr 2021 and 29 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – An elderly man tries to cope with lapses in his memory that keep confusing him about what is truly happening around him.

My Take on it – It is quite rare for me to watch a movie twice during a given month, but it’s even more unheard of for me to watch it 3 times.

This is a film taht I had heard so much about last year and the premise intrigued me.

Once I got to see it tho, I was drawn in to the way that they tell this story in such a unique way.

Anthony Hopkins is absoluely amazing in this film and clearly gave the finest and most powerful acting performance of 2020.

He was more than deserving of his second Best Actor Oscar for his work here despite naysayer believing that he shouldn’t have been awarded this award due to another actor, who passed way during the year, being more deserving for his final performance.

The debate wl continue to rage on as to whether movie awards should be a popularity contest or whether they should try and award for the best work in that given year.

I still believe that the Academy made the right choice here.

Hopkins plays this character in a way that lets the viewer try and get a much better understanding of the thoughts of people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer Disease.

The way that they switch things around throughout, whether it be with the actors or set pieces or even with the character’s recollections of things is amazing to watch and remains so powerful and poignant even upon a third viewing with a month.

The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars this past week and the combination of the screenplay with Hopkins’ performance help make this my favorite film of 2020 by a long shot.

The story doesn’t feel manipulative at any point and want’s the viewer to get a possibly better understanding of how the mind works which in turn shines a bright light on the confusion and disorientation that people suffering with their memory diseases much face on a daily basis.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In order to better convey the experience of fading memory to the audience for the original stage play “Le Père,” as the drama progressed, items such as furniture would gradually be removed from the stage until, by the end of the play, the setting would be essentially bare, but for the actors. For the film adaptation, Anthony’s flat, his daughter Anne’s flat, and the residential care home he ultimately occupies, all play out in the very same space within permanent architecture. As a means of immersing the viewer in Anthony’s failing mind, production designer Peter Francis made subtle ongoing alterations to the color schemes throughout, gradually switching familiar day-to-day objects in this space, so that as the story moves forward the viewer becomes almost as uncertain of his/her surroundings as Anthony himself. Different pictures were hung in similar arrangements on the walls over the course of the film, further adding to the visual confusion of Anthony’s (and our) space. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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