The Father

469 days after watching The Peanut Butter Falcon, I finally went to the cinema again!

The Father is a thought-provoking film about a man stricken by dementia. This deceptively simple drama is very realistic in depicting the mental deterioration in old age.

Anthony Hopkins (winner of the Best Actor Oscar this year) is Anthony, a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt everything – his loved ones, his own mind and the fabric of his reality.

Items such as furniture in Anthony’s and Anne’s homes, and the residential care home are all similar looking. Subtle alterations to colour schemes throughout (such as Anne’s clothes, day-to-day objects in the kitchens, different pictures on the walls hung in similar arrangements) add to the visual confusion of Anthony’s space.

One piece of classical music prominently used throughout the film is George Bizet’s Les pecheurs de pesles (The Pearl Fishers). This is Anthony’s favourite piece of music. This piece is not a familiar favourite but the textures (monophonic or basic, homophonic or clear, polyphonic or the simultaneous combination of ‘many sounds’) contribute greatly to the atmosphere (whether thin, thick or multi-layered; such as the exciting mood).

It is one film that must be seen on the big screen and should not be missed!

With the worsening (Covid) situation and escalating cases in the community and stricter measures being enforced from Saturday, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to wait another 469 days to visit the cinema again!

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