Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Drama directed and co-written and by Florian Zeller, based on his own play “Le Père”. The Father (2021) centers on 80 year-old Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), who refuses all assistance from his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), 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.
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Anthony: What’s the matter? Anne: I don’t know what to do. We have to talk, dad. Anthony: That’s what we’re doing, isn’t it? Anne: No, I mean, seriously.
Anthony: Why do you look at me as if something’s wrong? Everything is fine, Anne. The world is turning. You’ve always been that way. A worrier. Whereas your sister… Where is she, by the way? Have you heard from her?
Anne: I’m going to have to move, dad. I’m going to have to leave London. Anthony: Really? Why? Anne: We talked about this. Do you remember? Anthony: Ah. Is that why you’re so keen on this nurse living with me? Obviously, it is. The rats are leaving the ship.
Anthony: [after Anne’s told him she’s moving to Paris] You in Paris? You’re not going to do that, are you? I mean, wake up. They don’t even speak English.
Anthony: So, if I understand correctly, you’re leaving me. Is that it? You’re abandoning me. Anne: Dad. Anthony: What’s going to become of me?
Anne: But I can’t leave you here on your own. It’s not possible. That’s why, if you refuse to have a carer, I’m going to have to… Anthony: To what? To what? Anne: You have to understand, dad. Anthony: Anne, you’re going to have to what?
Anthony: [sees Anne’s husband as a different person] Who are you? What are you doing here? What are you doing in my flat? The Man: Anthony, it’s me, Paul. Anthony: Who? What are you doing here? The Man: I live here.
Anthony: Do you know Anne? Are you a friend of hers? I’m speaking to you! Do you know Anne? The Man: I’m her husband. Anthony: Her husband? The Man: Yes. Anthony: Since when? The Man: Coming up for ten years.
The Man: [after Anthony’s told him about Anne moving to Paris] What was she going to do in Paris? Anthony: Well, she met a Frenchman. The Man: I don’t think so, Anthony. Anthony: Yes, she did. She told me the other day. I’m not an idiot. She told me she was moving to go and live with him. And I even remember telling her it was a stupid idea, because, you know, they don’t even speak English.
Anthony: So you don’t know about the Frenchman? The Man: No. Anthony: Oops-a-daisy. Oh! Never mind. Chin up! They all end up leaving sooner or later. I speak from experience.
Anthony: [to Paul] Take a good look at me. I can still manage on my own. Don’t you think?
The Man: I think she tries to do the best she can for you, Anthony. Anthony: Oh, the best she can. The best she can, yeah. I never asked her for anything. I don’t know what she’s cooking up against me, but she’s cooking something up. She’s cooking something up, that I do know.
Anthony: But let me be absolutely clear. I am not leaving my flat! I am not leaving my flat! The Man: This isn’t your flat, Anthony. Anthony: Sorry? The Man: If you remember, you moved here.
Anthony: So you’re telling me this is your place? The Man: Yes. Anthony: Ah, now I’ve heard everything. [the apartment door opens and a woman enters] The Woman: It’s me! Anthony: Ah, there she is.
The Woman: What’s happening? Anthony: Oh, nothing much. Your father seemed a bit confused. The Woman: Is something wrong? Anthony: What is this nonsense? The Woman: What are you talking about? Anthony: Where’s Anne? The Woman: Sorry? Anthony: Anne. Where is she? The Woman: I’m here.
The Woman: [after Anthony’s told her about seeing her husband] What husband? Anthony: Well, yours, my dear. Not mine. The Woman: James? Anthony: Your husband. The Woman: I’m not married, dad. Anthony: I’m sorry? The Woman: I got divorced more than five years ago. You remember.
Anthony: Well, he was here just now. The Woman: I think you’re mistaken, dad. There’s no one here. Anthony: He’s vanished. The Woman: Who? The man with the chicken? Anthony: Your husband!
The Woman: What’s the matter, dad? Anthony: There’s something funny going on. Believe me, Anne, there is something funny going on.
The Woman: Now, don’t worry. Everything will sort itself out. Hmm? Anthony: I don’t know. The Woman: Yes, it will. Don’t worry.
Anthony: You know, It’s been going on for some time. Strange things going on around us. Haven’t you noticed? There was this man claiming this was not my flat. A really unsympathetic looking man. A bit like your husband, only worse. It’s the best yet, don’t you think? In my flat. He told me. But, this is my flat. Isn’t it, hmm? Anne? Isn’t it? Tell me, Anne, this really is my flat. Isn’t it?
Anne: [referring to Anthony] You can’t imagine how difficult it is sometimes. The other day, he didn’t even recognize me.
Anthony: [after meeting Laura] I say, you’re gorgeous. Laura: Thank you. Anthony: But I, haven’t we met before? Laura: No, I don’t think so. Anthony: Are you sure? I have a distinct impression that I’ve seen you before.
Anthony: [to Laura] My daughter has a tendency to repeat herself. But you know what it’s like, it’s an age thing.
Laura: [referring to Anthony] I must say, he’s charming. Anne: Yeah. Not always.
Laura: Oh, you have two daughters? Anthony: Yes. Even though I hardly ever hear from the other one. All the same, she was always my favorite. She was a painter. Look, there you are. The Pirouette. Beautiful, isn’t it? Laura: Yes, it is. Anthony: Yes. A dazzling girl. I don’t understand why she never gets in touch. Never.
Laura: My job is to help people who need help. Anthony: [to Anne] Oh. Sounds like those girls you’re always trying to dump off on me, dear.
Anthony: I know who she reminds me of. Anne: Who? Anthony: It’s Lucy. Lucy, when she was younger. Laura: Lucy? Anthony: Yeah, my other daughter. That’s right. There is a resemblance, don’t you think?
Anthony: You see, the situation is very simple. I have lived in this flat for some time now. I’m extremely attached to it. And I bought it more than thirty years ago. Can you imagine? You weren’t even born. Yes, it’s a big flat. Very nice. It’s very big. And I’ve been very happy here. Anyway, my daughter is very interested in it. Anne: What are you talking about?
Anthony: You see, my daughter is of the opinion that I cannot manage on my own. So she’s moved in with me, ostensibly to help me, with this man she met, not long ago, just after her divorce. Yeah. Who has a very bad influence on her, I have to tell you. Anne: What are you talking about, dad?
Anthony: Sorry, dear. I may as well tell you now. I’m not leaving this flat any time soon. I’m going to outlive you. Both of you. I don’t know about you. But my daughter, yes. In fact, I’m going to make a point about it. I’m going to inherit from her. Not the other way around. And the day of her funeral, I shall give a little speech. To remind everyone how heartless and manipulative she was. Anne: [to Laura] I’m so sorry about this. Anthony:Anthony: Why? She understands perfectly. You’re the one who doesn’t.
Anthony: [to Laura] 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*** off. Having said that, it’s been a great pleasure.
Laura: You weren’t kidding when you said he had his ways. Anne: I’m really sorry. Laura: Don’t be. That sort of reaction’s quite normal. It’ll be alright.
Anne: Just now, when I came back with the chicken, he didn’t recognize me. I don’t know, it just did something to me. Paul: I understand. Anne: Finding it really hard.
Anne: I saw it in his eyes. He didn’t know who I was. It was like I was a stranger to him. Paul: You’ll have to get used to it. Anne: I can’t manage to. Paul: I think you can. I think you’re managing really well.
Anthony: [as he’s missing his watch again] I am worried. It’s very worrying. I mean, losing all my things. Everyone’s just helping themselves. And if this goes on much longer, I’ll be stark naked. And I won’t be able to tell what time it is.
Anthony: [referring to Anne] I don’t know why we never really got on well together. Whereas her little sister, that was another story. Do you know her? She’s marvelous. Marvelous. I haven’t seen her for months. I can’t blame her. She’s traveling around the world, I think. She’s a painter. I’d be so happy if she came to see me one day. I’d take her in my arms, and we’d be glued to one another. For hours on end, like we used to be. A long time ago, when she was little. When she still used to call me Little Daddy. Little Daddy.
Paul: [to Anthony] How long do you intend to hang around here getting on everybody’s tits?
Dr. Sarai: You’re living with your daughter at the moment, is that right? Anthony: Yes. Until she goes to live in Paris. Anne: No, dad. Why do you keep going on about Paris? Anthony: What? Anne: I’m staying in London. Anthony: You keep changing your mind. How do you expect people to keep up?
Anne: There’s never been any question of me living in Paris. Anthony: Yes, there was. You told me. Anne: No, I didn’t. Anthony: I’m sorry, Anne. You told me the other day. Have you forgotten? She’s forgotten. You’re starting to suffer from memory loss. I’d have a word with the doctor if I were you. Anne: In any event, I’m not going to Paris. Anthony: Well, that’s good. Paris. They don’t even speak English there.
Anthony: Anne? Anne: What? Anthony: Thank you for everything.
Paul: You satisfied? Anthony: With what? Paul: Well, you have a daughter who looks after you properly. Don’t you? You’re lucky. Anthony: You’re lucky too. Paul: Oh, you think so?
Paul: Sometimes I wonder if you’re doing it deliberately. Anthony: What?
Paul: You do so much for him, and I respect you for that. I mean, you took the decision to bring him here. And, you know, why not? But, how can I put this? I honestly think you have to come up with a different solution. He’s totally lost it. Anne: Stop talking like that. Paul: Well, how do you want me to talk? I’m telling the truth! We have to come up with a different arrangement!
Anthony: Where’s the painting? Anne: What painting? Anthony: Lucy’s. Anne: Oh, you’re mixing this up with your flat. There’s never been a painting there.
Anthony: Can I ask you a question? Laura: Yes. Anthony: Are you a nun? Laura: No. Anthony: Then why are you speaking to me as if I’m retarded?
Anthony: [to Laura] It’s really unpleasant. You’ll see when you get to my age, which will happen sooner than you think.
Anthony: It is amazing how much you look like Lucy. Laura: Anne told me what happened to her. I’m sorry. I didn’t know. Anthony: What? Laura: About her accident. Anthony: What accident?
Anthony: Yeah, it’s true. I’m very intelligent. Sometimes I even surprise myself. I have a memory like an elephant.
Anthony: [referring to getting dressed] Why? What’s the point? I’ll only have to put my pajamas back on again. Might as well save some time.
The Man: How much longer do you intend to hang around getting on everybody’s tits? Anthony: Who, me? The Man: Yes, you. I’d like to know your opinion. I mean, do you intend to go on ruining your daughter’s life? Or is it too much to hope you might behave reasonably in the foreseeable future?
Anthony: You’ll have to take me on, physically. The Man: Are you saying that to tempt me? See, me as well, there’s something I won’t allow. Getting on everybody’s tits. Past a certain age. [he slaps Anthony]
[after he remembers his daughter Lucy, who looks like Laura, died at the hospital after an accident] Anthony: I dreamt about her last night. Anne: Laura? Anthony: Yes. Well, I think I did. I could see her face. You know, she really reminded me of your sister. Anne: Yes, you said that yesterday. Well, if you’re happy, I’m happy.
[as he sees the woman he saw earlier, thinking it was Anne] Anthony: I don’t want her. Where’s the one I like? Anne: Dad, what are you talking about? Say hello to Laura. Anthony: There’s something doesn’t make sense about this. It doesn’t make sense. The Woman: Remember me? We met yesterday. We were just starting to get to know one another. And I said I’d come back, just to see how you do things here, and see if I can help you. Do you remember?
Anne: I think it’d be more reassuring and nicer for you if we came to a joint decision about you living here. What do you think? Anthony: Well, what about you? What would you do? Where would you sleep? Which room? Anne: Well, if you remember, I’m going to go and live in Paris. Anthony: No, you’re not. Anne: I am. Remember? I told you all about it. Remember?
Anthony: What about your sister? Where is she? Anne: Oh, dad. Anthony: If you only knew how much I miss her. Anne: I do too. I miss her too, dad. We all miss her.
Anthony: [after the nurse enters the room] What am I doing here? The Woman: It’s time. Anthony: I didn’t ask about the time. I asked you what I was doing here. Where’s Anne? The Woman: Look, I’ve brought you your medication. Anthony: Why don’t you just f*** off with your medication?
Anthony: Amazing. Nobody ever tells me anything in this house. I thought we were getting a new one. The Woman: A new what? Anthony: Nurse. A new nurse. The one who looks a bit like Lucy, my other daughter. I met her the other day. She came here, didn’t she?
The Woman: Now, I tell you this every day. She lives in Paris because she met a man called Paul, and that’s who she’s living with now. She comes to see you sometimes. Anthony: Anne? The Woman: Yes. Occasionally, she comes for the weekend. She comes here, and you go for a walk in the park. And she tells you about her new life, what she’s up to. The other day she brought you some coffee because you like coffee. Anthony: I detest coffee. I only drink tea.
[as he sees the man he saw earlier, thinking it was Paul] Anthony: What’s he doing here? Here in my flat? Do I know him? The Woman: He’s Bill. You see him every day. Anthony: Do I?
Anthony: Who are you exactly? The Woman: I’m Catherine.
Anthony: What about me? Who exactly am I? The Woman: You? You’re Anthony.
Anthony: I feel as if I’m losing all my leaves. The Woman: Your leaves? Anthony: Yeah. The Woman: What do you mean? Anthony: The branches, and the wind, and the rain. I don’t know what’s happening anymore. Do you know what’s happening? All this business about the flat. I have nowhere to put my head down anymore. But I know my watch is on my wrist, that I do know. For the journey.
The Woman: [as she’s comforting a tearful Anthony] Come on, baby. It’s alright. Come on. Shh. Easy now. Easy. You’re going to feel alright in a minute, I promise you. Everything will be alright.