The 80-year-old Anthony ( Anthony Hopkins ) could enjoy his old age in a tastefully furnished apartment in the posh London borough of Westminster. If it weren’t for Angela, his carer, who keeps stealing things from him. Now she has also stolen the valuable wristwatch from him.
After he disgusted Angela with his rant and suspicions from the house, daughter Anne ( Olivia Colman ) has to quickly find a new carer. She also takes care of the father, who has lived alone since the mother’s death. But now she thinks about herself. She wants to move to Paris with her new partner ( Rufus Sewell ).
With Laura ( Imogen Poots) After several unsuccessful attempts, Anne finds a nurse whom the dementia patient accepts. In fact, he’s extremely charming to her because she reminds him of Anne’s sister Lucy. On the other hand, the scraps of memory trigger tirades of hate against Anne, and Laura also gets to feel his moods.
With the dementia drama, the French author Florian Zeller makes his directorial debut after his own play “Le père”. The original will be filmed for the first time in 2015 with Jean Rochefort and Sandrine Kiberlain . It will take place in Hamburg in 2017. He wrote the script adaptation together with Christopher Hampton (” Eine dark Desire”). Both find a congenial structure to adapt the story, which is almost completely told from the perspective of a man who can no longer trust his mind, to the screen.
The viewer crawls into Anthony’s brain, which is no longer so smooth. He has difficulty recognizing or remembering people. He forgets long past events as well as what happened a few minutes ago. And of course he has deposited the watch himself in his jewelery stash.
Anne can feel her father’s disappearance at any time She provided him with love and patience. This special father-daughter relationship is deeply moving and sustained by the grandiose performance of Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman.