On television tonight on Canal+ and in streaming/replay: The Father (2020) by Florian Zeller with Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots and Rufus Sewell as cast. Info and opinion from Bulles de Culture on this doubly Oscar-winning drama and broadcast from Wednesday 26 January.
The Father to see on television, in streaming and replay on Canal+: advice and information
An upscale area of London. A valiant octogenarian but suffering from dementia, Anthony is convinced that he does not need help and sends away his caregivers one after the other. His daughter Anne is worried about leaving him alone, but announces to him that she is going to join her new companion in Paris. The next day in the living room, Anthony discovers Paul who tells him that he is Anne’s husband who is no longer the same woman.
Excerpt from the review of Culture Bubbles on feature film The Father written when it was released in cinemas:
Florian Zeller cares about filming as close as possible Anthony Hopkins, masterful, and never lets down his main character whom he accompanies in all his pains. The 83-year-old actor delivers here a major interpretation which will mark the end of his career.
Shooting secrets, anecdotes: did you know?
It is a film adaptation of the play The father (2012) of the French writer, playwright, screenwriter and director Florian Zeller by British screenwriter and director Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller.
This piece had already been adapted for the first time and freely for the cinema with the feature film Florida (2015) by Philippe Le Guay, worn by Jean Rochefort and Sandrine Kiberlain at the casting.
Performed all over the world, the piece has received numerous awards including 3 Molières in 2014 (Molière for private theatre, Molière for actor in a private theater show for Robert Hirsch and Molière for actress in a private theater show for Isabelle Gélinas), 1 Laurence Olivier Award in 2016 (Best actor for Kenneth Cranham) and 1 Tony Award in 2016 (Best actor in a play for Frank Langella).
The Fatheris Florian Zeller’s first feature film.
In the press kit, the director returned to the genesis of the film: “When I started dreaming about this movie, I saw Anthony Hopkins’ face. I have an extreme admiration for him, and I was convinced that he would be extraordinary in this role. (…) This is why the main character is called ‘Anthony’. »
Like the original play, the film received numerous awards including 2 Oscars and 2 BAFTA Awards in 2021 (Best actor for Anthony Hopkins and Best Adapted Screenplay for Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller).
The music was composed by Ludovico Einaudi (This Is England, Untouchables). “I wanted the music to be present in the film, but in a very discreet way, explained Florian Zeller. The image we often used was that of a golden thread… A thread pulled in this labyrinth, but which could break at any moment. This image was transformed into a sound: that of a violin, whose bow we feel is only touching it… It gave this impression of extreme fragility and precariousness – which was that of Anthony…”
The Father is broadcast on Canal+ from Wednesday January 26, 2022 at 9:10 p.m.
The film is also available for streaming and replay on myCANAL
Articles by the Bulles de Culture editorial team are written under the direction of Jean-Christophe Nurbel, editor-in-chief, and Antoine Corte, deputy editor-in-chief.
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