The Father

Director: Florian Zeller
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 2.5

An elderly gentleman (Anthony Hopkins) who is living with his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) has memory issues and keeps getting into fights with the nurses that come to try to care for him.  I must commend Zeller (who wrote the original stage play) for trying to show the effects of dementia/Alzheimer's from the point-of-view from the person who has it - which means the audience, like Hopkins, is always a little thrown off as to what's happening, and the 'trick' of swapping out actors/actresses is ingenious.  However, it's also a little "actorly" and one-dimensional ... and the truth is we can never "really" know what's happening to those afflicted with it (I lived through this with my own grandmother ... who forgot who I was, or told me I was another person altogether).  The final scene got me choked up, with Hopkins calling out for his mother (it's an exceptional scene): feel free to listen to all six and a half hours of The Caretaker's Everything at the End of Time if you need to compound the suffering.