It was announced in May 2019 that Florian Zeller was to direct a screenplay with Christopher Hampton based on his play. Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman were cast in the film. Olivia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots and Mark Gatiss joined later that month, with filming beginning on 13 May. Filming locations included West London Film Studios, and Hayes, Hillingdon.
- 1 Ludovico Einaudi, Federico Mecozzi & Redi HasaCold Wind Var. 2 (Day 4) 5:15
- 2 Ludovico Einaudi, Federico Mecozzi & Redi HasaCold Wind Var. 1 (Day 1) 4:00
- 3 Ludovico Einaudi, Federico Mecozzi & Redi HasaLow Mist Var. 2 (Day 1) 5:43
- 4 Ludovico Einaudi, Federico Mecozzi & Redi HasaLow Mist Var. 1 (Day 5) 4:42
- 5 Ludovico EinaudiEinaudi: My Journey (Film Version for "The Father" / David Menke Remix) 3:53
|Runtime||1 hr 37 min|
|Premiere: World||$24 043 318 November 24, 2020|
|USA||$2 122 771|
|Other countries||$21 920 547|
|Premiere: USA||$2 122 771 October 20, 2020|
|Digital: World||March 25, 2021|
|Parental Advisory||Frightening & Intense Scenes, ...|
|Production Companies|| |
DescriptionA man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
Related Movies There are no related titles yet, but you can add them:
While the drama goes to some disturbing places (including incidents of elder abuse), at its core it is very much about love and the power of empathy.
[The Father] gives Anthony Hopkins a role designed to nearly break your heart: a role full of anger and displacement and uncertainty but, also...
"The Father" is ruthless, as it should be, and its reduction of Anthony is complete.
All the actors in "The Father" are vivid (Colman brings her role a loving vulnerability that warms you), but Hopkins is flat-out stunning.
Masterful and agonizing, The Father is a gorgeously crafted film about a doomed arrangement entered into with love, even though it can only en...
Anthony Hopkins delivers a master class in acting as a once-brilliant man losing his mental faculties to the plague of dementia. First-time directo...
The results are both mind-bending and heart-rending.
The Father is an excellent movie but it’s not a lot of fun to watch, especially for those with first-hand experience in this area.
Zeller, working from his own acclaimed 2012 French-language play Le Pére, is able to turn devastating illness into a kind of disjoin...
There is no weak link in The Father.
The sense of control is essential. The film is such a scramble it would unravel without it. Still. All Zeller’s brilliance would be for...
You feel like you’ve been through something with "The Father," that it’s honest and that it understands how these characters – and...
The Father distorts and disorients in keeping with its protagonist’s increasingly confused view of the world.
It’s not scary-horror, but it should scare the stuffing out of anybody who has contemplated their own failing memory. That prospect is far sc...
At once stupendously effective and profoundly upsetting, "The Father" might be the first movie about dementia to give me actual chills.
Running a gamut of emotions, [Hopkins] is egotistical, senile, lovable and infuriating at the same time, but the star never overplays the corn...
The way Zeller and his production designer Peter Francis orchestrate these changes are almost imperceptible, but nevertheless disorienting and utte...
The Father could well be the first film to truly convey what it must feel like to be falling into the grips of dementia and is as heartbreaking as...
Captures the terrifying sensation of not remembering and not understanding the people and places around us, and the helplessness of having to have...
Now that’s how you properly exploit a movie star persona.
The Father is a stunning reminder of the power of the medium and how it – and even cinema’s most familiar faces – can still su...
The Father is an act of understanding, radical in its toughness and its generous artistry.
The Father approximates the dislocation of its main character’s mind with a frighteningly slippery ease.
It’s a film that disquiets on a cellular level.
It is a credit to the performance that we are never entirely sure how much Anthony understands at any given moment. The line between righteous...
The Father takes a bracingly insightful, subtle and nuanced look at encroaching dementia and the toll it takes on those in close proximity to...
Haunting and credible, powered by some unshakable performances.
[Anthony Hopkins] is absolutely remarkable here. I read the screenplay, available online, out of curiosity, and what he brings to the words on...
It is a film about grief and what it means to grieve for someone who is still alive.
The Father is a polished piece of work but an unsparing one, offering no false assurances.
[It] was written specifically with Hopkins in mind, right down to Anthony’s birthdate, and the actor offers the perfect blend of vulnerabilit...
there have been few better attempts on screen to capture dementia, punctuated by a staggering performance from Anthony Hopkins, a brilliant ch...
For those who can stomach it, it’ll stay with you, for longer than you might like. I know it will stay with me.
Huge plaudits are due to production designer Peter Francis, whose subtly reconfigured sets disorient the viewer, matching Anthony’s increasin...
Deeply sympathetic but never patronising, The Father is a gentle-handed yet powerful film that forces us through Hopkins’s extraordinary...
Childlike vulnerability hasn’t been something Hopkins has opened up to show us in a long, long while, but he seems ready for this role...
In Florian Zeller’s elegiac The Father, Hopkins gives one of the strongest performances in his storied career, playing a character grapp...
Only a man of his dedication to meticulously observed and fearlessly vulnerable performances could show us Anthony’s valiant efforts to...
The final scenes of the movie are among the most heartbreakingly vulnerable of Hopkins' whole career. You can scarcely believe it’s him. Whic...
Hopkins is extraordinary as a man flailing against a condition that’s taking everything from him. And Zeller proves he’s a natural...
A very inventive and accomplished debut for Zeller: an awesomely difficult subject beautifully, movingly brought to the cinema screen.
Florian Zeller’s drama is a brilliant exploration of dementia, pain, and vulnerability.
"The Father" is in a class of its own. It’s a triumph.
Without resorting to exploitative, amped-up mystery or obfuscation, Zeller and co-writer Christopher Hampton have fashioned a sort of gaslight...
It’s a tough watch but a structurally powerful piece of storytelling with a powerhouse performance at its center, matched by a supportin...
As a man helplessly disappearing, Anthony Hopkins is magnificently present.
What might have been predictable or sentimental in other hands becomes startling in the film’s approach, as well as beguiling, unsparing, ter...
The film’s final embrace is a quietly astounding vision of grace in solitude, and it harks back to that opening aria, with its invocatio...
In a year full of titanic male performances, Anthony Hopkins ranks high for his seismic turn in "The Father."
To see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood is riveting… Yet "The Father" often feels like a clinical puzzle to work out.
The film seamlessly blends genuine fear with overwhelming sadness.
[The Father] leans too strongly into the horror tropes, to the point where it seems the film is less about truly understanding the experience of&nb...
Anthony Hopkins at the peak of his powers…
Writer/director Florian Zeller, adapting his prize-winning, 2012 French play of the same name with the help of the legendary Christopher Hampt...
It’s deeply moving, important work, whether or not it was ever destined to win awards.
Over the course of 97 increasingly grim minutes, Zeller’s puzzle-box drama distills the abstract concept of senility into an ontolo...
In its howls of mortal distress, Florian Zeller’s film is as hypnotically ugly as a Francis Bacon mouth, as doom-drenched as one of Lark...
Add critique link
Sign up and you will see here
friends impressions of the movie.
Friends comments and ratings
Drama squared! At the very beginning the film confused me a little… but from about the 10th minute I followed Anthony Hopkins' performance and cried. Gorgeous! By the way, Olivia Colman was great. I really liked her role! Translated to English
I saw it in the cinema 2 times and maybe I’ll go the same number more. It is not a pity to spend money on such a cinema. Everything that I love is collected here – my favorite actor, intimacy, a minimum of locations, suspense, British English, classical music, justified violation of chronology and hopelessness Translated to English
The movie is more interesting not by its history, but by immersion into the mind of a person with dementia thanks to editing and the work of an art director, where the viewer is in the same confusion as the hero of E. Hopkins – well-deserved Oscar nominations for these points, as well as for acting. Translated to English
A movie of an interesting form visualizing senile dementia, together with Hopkins we are slowly going crazy, confusing characters, failing in memory and sad that old age is not a joy. The old man was right into the role of the old man. The picture is devoted to one theme and slightly melodramatic. Translated to English
Great movie! Anthony Hopkins played the title role very well and deservedly won an Oscar! Indeed, you would not wish such old age on anyone, a very sad ending. I recommend this movie to everyone! This really needs to be seen by everyone! Translated to English
A wonderful film with a very good performance by Anthony. The movie is completely non-linear and from here it looks with great interest. Translated to English
Quality drama. Completely absorbs your attention. I never thought about what goes on in the head of people who lose their memory. This movie shows just how scary it is. Thanks to the whole crew for this masterpiece. Hopkins is a genius! Translated to English
The film begins somehow sluggishly, but the subsequent leapfrog with time, place and characters captivates. In general, the film is sad, it is especially difficult to watch it closer to the finale. Hopkins plays the role with anguish, it’s a pity for his character (as I understand it, he has Alzheimer’s disease). Oscar expected. Translated to English
It is terrible that there is no insurance against old age alone with a mind that cannot be trusted. 7.5 out of 10. Translated to English
The film tells about the difficult life of elderly people. Before this, I had never thought about how difficult it can be in old age. The disease is shown in a terrible way; I don’t know whether this illness was reliably conveyed. Anthony is well, a well-deserved Oscar, although I don’t like this tolerant award. Translated to English
In contrast to the typical "pity" on the topic of old age, there are no uniquely "positive" characters here. Each character has his own thoughts and feelings, sometimes they go against morality. But it is necessary not only to be able to play dementia so convincingly, it must be felt. "Father" is still how it works! Translated to English
There’s so much to write about the film – the chic non-linearity, the knock-down geometry of the living space, the perfect "unreliable narrator" formula, but… Sir Anthony, what the hell are you doing. I sobbed with you sobbing in the final. This movie doesn’t deserve less than 8. Translated to English
It hurts to watch this movie, especially if you have ever dealt with people with dementia. Translated to English
Touches the soul. My grandfather was also not himself in the last years of his life. And the worst thing is when the mind is visible in the middle of madness ((( Translated to English
Already in the introductory scene, Sir Anthony won the Oscar with only shifty eyes. Further, the movie could not be made in principle. Translated to English
A much needed film to understand dementia through the eyes of both sides. I lived with a great-grandfather who had Alzheimer’s, I understand the side of the family very well. And this film opened the side of the patient to me. Thank you Anthony (both). Cast is just brilliant English Translated to English
I don’t know why I wanted to watch it, but I didn’t think it would be so piercing to the core. The film is very difficult, but I think everyone should watch it and see, as if through the eyes of Anthony himself, what is happening and what life is like for people of that age. Translated to English
A very accurate and empathic movie about dementia with the incredible Hopkins. Not giving him an Oscar would be a petty crime. The structure of the film, editing, music, timing – everything is perfect within the framework of a specific theme: a story about the feelings of a confused old man. Translated to English
A very heartfelt and exciting tragedy of the family and the protagonist personally, which almost everyone can understand and empathize with. Translated to English
I was expecting a boring sad drama, I don’t really like this. However, surprisingly, it was very interesting to watch. Although sad at the root, but a very lively film. The topic is presented not with tragic hopelessness and pessimism, but with warmth and even hope, the naturalness of the flow of life. Translated to English
The chamber drama with the brilliant Anthony Hopkins (Oscar 2021 for Best Actor) as a stubborn pensioner with progressive dementia turned out to be a sad and creepy sight. Adaptation of the play by Florian Zeller. Cinema is not for everyone. Translated to English
A magnificent picture that perfectly reflects the main problem of old age – detachment from reality, paranoid thoughts and relationships with others. Translated to English
The film is awesome! Hopkins is great! This is what a real nightmare looks like! This is how drama is presented! It would seem a simple story, due to the ingenious acting, it seems to me that it will evoke emotions even among the most insensitive. Translated to English
Scary drama. What stands out is her incredibly competent montage of the narrative, convincingly plunging the hero Hopkins into a terrible state. Even without these chips, the movie impresses with its soundtrack, intimacy and a grandfather who should be given an Oscar. Translated to English