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an aisle. A cupboard. A caretaker.
These may sound like innocuous elements in the home drama “The Father”, but when they change from one scene to another, they throw both the film’s main character, Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), and the viewer off balance. .
There is a sense of confusion at the heart of Florian Zeller’s film (nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture), which tells the audience the story of a man with dementia, immersing himself in his experience.
In this breakfast sequence, Olivia Colman plays Anthony’s daughter and is talking with him about the imminent arrival of a caretaker whom he met in a previous scene and who is then played by Imogen Poots was. But when that woman arrives, a different actress Olivia Williams is playing her.
Director Florian Zeller said, “What I tried to do in ‘The Father’ put the audience in a unique situation.” And as a viewer, we have to question everything we are watching. “
He said he wanted the film to be based on his play, “not only a story, but an experience, an experience of what it might mean to lose everything, including your own bearings as a viewer.”
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