BAFTA 2021: Best actor, screenplay
British Independents 2021: Best actor, screenplay, editing
Goya 2021: Best European Film
I have been thinking a lot about this film – always a plus. This is a devastating look at an octogenarian man’s struggles with dementia. His mind just flickers on and off. Quite a brain teaser of a picture.
Even though I was aware of the script concept, I was totally confused for the first 20-30 minutes. People came and went, doors changed colours, same names to different faces, total timeline chaos. Then I got it. Then it unfolded.
I got it because my brain still works. I could see the bigger picture. Anthoni cannot. His vision of the world is crumbling. How true, he is losing his leaves.
Florian Zeller uses a visual puzzle to puts us, as viewers, in the fading mind of Anthoni. As artful a portrayal of the illness as I’ve seen. A gem of a film. Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are amazing together.
Extremely emotional and positively painful film. I just about lost it in the end. So well told with great insight into the situation – from all sides.
I really don’t want to say anything more. I mean I do, but it’s one of those films that is so much better seeing without knowing to much. Definitely don’t make the mistake of *not* seeing it because of preconceptions. This is strng cinema and a strong story.
UK 2021, 97 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Floria Zeller
Based on his play
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Evie Wray & Imogen Poots