The cinematographic transposition into English of his play The father offers a good place for the film of the French playwright. Which already augurs for an exceptional career when it hits theaters. It is currently scheduled for next April …
The announcement of the nominations for the Golden Globes kicked off the 2021 awards season on Wednesday. While of course it marks the rise of streaming platforms, it also reserves a great place for The Father, a film which we immediately knew was going to have an extraordinary destiny.
French playwright Florian Zeller’s debut feature won no less than four nominations: one for best dramatic film, one for best screenplay for the Christopher Hampton / Florian Zeller duo. Sir Anthony Hopkins is nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor (opposite him we find Tahar Rahim, which is a nice surprise). As for Olivia Colman, she is nominated in the category of best actress in a supporting role.
What does The Father ? As in the play marked, when it was created, by the unforgettable performance of Robert Hirsch, the plot of the film stages the daily life of an octogenarian (Hopkins) in a London apartment. He refuses the presence of all the caregivers offered by his daughter, played by Olivia Colman (The Favorite, The Crown).
However, through small details, the viewer quickly understands that the old man has gradually locked himself in an interior labyrinth, in the heart of which he has more and more difficulty distinguishing the dreamed memories from reality …
A “heartbreaking” film according to The Times
Awarded by the prestigious association of the Foreign Press in Hollywood, the Golden Globes are a veritable antechamber to the Oscars.
These four nominations for The Father thus augur a rich career for this first film, supported by numerous prizes and awards including the Audience Award at the San Sebastian Festival.
For once, the foreign press is enthusiastic about this feature film adapted by a Frenchman behind the camera. The Hollywood reporter describes Hopkins’ game as “Remarkable … It will certainly be one of the great performances of Hopkins on screen”. For the review Screen Daily, it is Olivia Colman’s interpretation that is “Explosive and exceptional”.
The Guardian find the movie “breathtaking”, and The Times has only one word, only one: “Heartbreaking”…