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Director: Viggo Mortensen
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney
Available to stream at home from Friday 4 December
Viggo Mortensen‘s directorial debut is a personal and powerful exploration of family, memories and the impact of dementia. John (Mortensen) brings his elderly father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), to California to look for a home closer to his children. Willis is in the early stages of the disease and not only is he now finding it difficult to maintain his rural farm, his memories are increasingly encroaching on his understanding of the present.
But John and his sister Sarah (Laura Linney) have their work cut-out persuading their headstrong father to change his routine in the slightest. Immediately tensions rise between Willis and John’s husband Eric (Terry Chen) and the older man’s outdated racist, sexist and homophobic views cause old wounds and years of mutual mistrust between father and son to bubble to the surface. As Willis and John confront the events that have shaped their fractured relationship, they must find a way to forgive each other, to accept what has happened before and, most importantly, what is happening to them now.
Mortensen’s profound and unforgettable film is a testament to acceptance and grace, with stellar performances from Henriksen and Sverrir Gudnason (Borg McEnroe) as the older and younger Willis and a delightful cameo from David Cronenberg.
“A MASTERFUL FAMILY DRAMA” The Hollywood Reporter
“LANCE HENRIKSEN GIVES THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER” Variety
Stream on demand from Friday 4 December for £9.99. You’ll have 48 hours to watch the film. 50% of the streaming fee goes towards supporting Northampton Filmhouse.
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