Crítica de Película
This time I come to talk to you about a film that, in addition to cinematography, managed to penetrate the depths of my feelings (I did) and that I could not get out of my thoughts. It”s about “Father, (2020) ”directed by Florian zeller.
The narrative takes us to know Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), an 80-year-old man who gradually loses his memory and control of his reality. His daughter, Ann (Olivia Colman) tries to convince him to seek help from professionals who are capable of taking care of him properly, but he totally refuses. However, help is clearly needed, as Anne has neither the time nor the ability to take care of him daily and in the way he needs to.
All of this film it is carefully thought out and arranged, so much so that, if there is an error, it is almost imperceptible.
After the great successes of the cinema of Anthony Hopkins, It is difficult to doubt its quality on the big screen, however, it does not lose its ability to surprise us, especially in this film it manages to transmit a wide range of emotions, from tenderness, compassion and the occasional laugh, to despair, anger and, if so to speak, irritating. Its ease of changing from one state of mind to another is impressive. For his part Olivia Colman makes her character a strong woman, who continues to feel overwhelmed by her father”s illness, but who is also attracted by the need to seek her own destiny and escape from a life in which she was belittled and minimized for not meeting certain expectations . She shows a submissive and patient personality, but naturally exasperated by the impossibility of remedying things, taking away the possibility of judging her and allowing her to be understood as much as her father.
The montage deserves applause and admiration; Made with the intention of playing not only with the mind of the character, but also with the mind of the viewer, producing subtle changes framed in very specific plans that are responsible for creating confusion, putting us in the place of the protagonist. The way in which each room in the apartment where the whole story takes place is shown, decorated and lit is a journey in the mind of Anthony it takes even the most observer by surprise.
Music also plays a very important role as a balance between despair, frustration and anger resulting from a situation that cannot be remedied and that needs to be faced. But also the deep silences in which the gestures, the looks and the plans of the rooms generate a particular language that, at times, expresses much more than words.
That’s why the messages that Father seeking to transmit cannot be limited to the simple idea of “we have to be more empathetic and careful with the elderly”, as it would be a waste of work, because it goes much further than that, the film not only is aware of something that should be logical for all, but it opens up a very wide space for us to be part of a degenerative disease that is often invisible and incomprehensible, reminding us that it is not just something strange that we must understand or regret. , but that, by becoming part of it, we are obliged to reflect on two fundamental positions: who has the obligation to care and, at the same time, be ourselves that at some point we will need to be cared for.
The way this film portrays a subject as sensitive and rarely understood as senile dementia is a severe blow to a reality that has already received six nominations for the Oscar 2021 For: Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Production Design and Best Film.