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“★★★★ – artful, moving and it shows a more profound understanding of the condition than other depictions of dementia in recent years” – The Times
★★★★ – Empire
“A beautifully controlled drama about age, memory and forgiveness” – The Wrap
John (Viggo Mortensen) lives in California with his partner, Eric, and their adopted daughter, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John’s father, Willis, a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up.
Willis is in the early stages of dementia, making running the farm on his own increasingly difficult, so John brings him to stay at his California home so that he and his sister might help him find a place near them to relocate to. But unfortunately, their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s steadfast refusal to change his way of life.
During his stay at John’s home, tension builds between Willis and the rest of the family as his abrasive nature is aggravated by his memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict and causing old wounds and years of mutual mistrust between father and son rise to the surface.
Dir: Viggo Mortensen
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney
BBFC certification: 15