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  • Writer's pictureJack Aling

The Father - Review

I Feel As Though I'm Losing All My Leaves. 4.5 / 5

Directed by Florian Zeller.

A 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.

Masterfully misdirecting the audience at every turn, The Father looks at dementia from the inside as the audience experiences the world through the eyes of Anthony Hopkins who gives one of his best performances of his long-standing career.

A hard to swallow subject matter at the best of times, this piece really accentuates the confusing and isolating feeling that comes with dementia, subtly shifting small details without you noticing until it's too late.

The tight editing and script keep you on your toes yet doesn't overstay its welcome so it never feels like it's exploiting the situation but respects it, showing the distress from another perspective.

It captures the confusion and emotion from both sides as it puts you in the driver's seat for a film that demands your attention with minimalist yet hyper-detailed directed and storytelling.

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