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Falling

Drama 1h 52m 2020

John lives with his partner, Eric, and their daughter, Monica, in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. His father, Willis, a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping he and his sister, Sarah, can help their father find a home closer to them. Their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s angry refusal to change his way of life in any way. In his directorial debut, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. As father and son finally confront events that have torn them apart, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen, we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.

“It’s a really valuable work, beautifully edited and shot, with a wonderful performance by the veteran actor Lance Henriksen: a sombre, clear-eyed look at the bitter endgame of dementia.” ~Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Director

Viggo Mortensen

Languages

English, Spanish

Subtitles

English

Countries

Canada, Denmark, UK

Studio

Perceval Pictures

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