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.
Cast and crew
The Father is an unforgettable and powerful movie about a man struggling with progressing dementia. He is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who offers a performance for the ages.
Hopkins plays Anthony, a mischievous old man who refuses help from his daughter as his illness gets worse and is stubborn about his desire to live alone. Despite his determination, Anthony unravels, slowly losing his grip on his life and reality itself.
The movie does a great job at showcasing the headspace of someone losing their memory. It’s disorienting and almost unbearably sad, just like the illness it features. Devastating and absorbing, it will stay with you for a long time.
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Alexandra Plesa writes about Internet TV for Finder. When she’s not re-watching The West Wing for the 11th time, she likes to scour streaming services for any fascinating underrated gems they have on offer. She’ll never say no to a romantic comedy and she’ll press you to watch BoJack Horseman until you finally give in
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