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Falling

  • Drama
  • 2020
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • 112 mins
  • 15

Summary

John Peterson lives with his partner Eric and their adopted daughter in Southern California. When he is visited by his aging father Willis from Los Angeles, who is searching for a place to retire, their two very different worlds collide. Drama, directed by and starring Viggo Mortensen, with Lance Henriksen and Terry Chen.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Facing up to his elderly father's failing health prompts a dutiful son to revisit their past relationship in this striking, intimate drama. Marking the writing and directorial debut for actor Viggo Mortensen, the film is dedicated to his late parents, whom he tended to through their dementia. And although Falling is not strictly autobiographical, it certainly has the grain of truth. In a marvellous, precise, awards-calibre performance, Lance Henriksen (Aliens co-star and B-movie mainstay) excels in the role of his life as the foul-mouthed arch-conservative old geezer who is consumed by his own bitterness - and a living nightmare to care for. Meanwhile, Mortensen provides impressive support as the patient gay son who is everything his old man is not. Unfolding over a week of parental care duties, the film frequently dips into the past, providing an insightful warts-and-all survey of corrosive masculinity. Henriksen's father is genuinely difficult to love, but this exquisitely framed, clear-eyed story conjures up an affecting degree of filial understanding. Poetic yet accessible, Falling proves a deeply-felt directorial bow for Mortensen.

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Credits

Cast

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WillisLance Henriksen
JohnViggo Mortensen
EricTerry Chen
SarahLaura Linney
Young WillisSverrir Gudnason
GwenHannah Gross
MönicaGabby Velis

Crew

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DirectorViggo Mortensen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Modern Films
Released on
2020-12-04
Guidance
Swearing, sexual references.
Formats
Colour
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