A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.


Florian Zeller


Christopher Hampton (screenplay by), Florian Zeller (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
15 ( 11)
Top Rated Movies #107 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 131 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Olivia Colman ... Anne
Anthony Hopkins ... Anthony
Mark Gatiss ... The Man
Olivia Williams ... The Woman
Imogen Poots ... Laura
Rufus Sewell ... Paul
Ayesha Dharker ... Dr. Sarai
Roman Zeller Roman Zeller ... Boy

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Having just scared off his recent caregiver, Anthony, an ailing, octogenarian Londoner gradually succumbing to dementia, feels abandoned when concerned Anne, his daughter, tells him she's moving to Paris. Confused and upset, against the backdrop of a warped perspective and his rapid, heart-rending mental decline, Anthony is starting to lose his grip on reality, struggling to navigate the opaque landscape of present and past. Now, as faded memories and glimpses of lucidity trigger sudden mood swings, dear ones, Anthony's surroundings, and even time itself become distorted. Why has his younger daughter stopped visiting? Who are the strangers that burst in on Anthony? Written by Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Olivia Colman receives her second Oscar nomination, following her win for her role in The Favourite (2018). In both films, her character is named Anne. See more »


Anthony: Can I ask you a question?
Laura: Yes.
Anthony: Are you a nun?
Laura: No.
Anthony: Then why are you speaking to me as if I'm retarded?
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King Arthur, or The British Worthy (1691) / Act 3 - What Power art thou?
Composed by Henry Purcell
Performed by Andreas Scholl
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This movie will haunt me for awhile.
19 March 2021 | by danielwcassidySee all my reviews

It's just so sad and also a bit terrifying. My wife works as a nurse in an alzheimer's ward, and she said this is the most realistic depiction of the disease she has ever seen. She also said in her opinion it should be required viewing for anyone that works with alzheimer's or dementia patients. What a movie!

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26 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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