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Our Father (2014)

An estranged father suffering from late stage dementia, in a fleeting moment, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family.

Director:

Linda Palmer

Writers:

David Mayhak (story idea), Linda Palmer (screenplay by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Gross ... John
Michael Worth ... Jared
Eileen Grubba ... Kate
David Topp ... Danny
Julia Silverman ... Judy
Aaron Stall ... Young John
Isaiah Lucas ... Jack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Censoplano ... Teen Boy
Christopher Clad Christopher Clad ... Dr. Clad
Ally Iseman ... Ally
Todd Marshall Todd Marshall ... Security Guard
Sandy Robinson Sandy Robinson ... John's mother
Malik Sooch Malik Sooch ... Dr. Sooch
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An estranged father suffering from late stage dementia, in a fleeting moment, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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A stunning, honest and brave short film about a family dealing with their father's advancing dementia
27 September 2014 | by marti_wheatSee all my reviews

A must see short film, with Michael Gross as you have never seen him before. Well written and beautifully directed telling of a true story that will stay with you for days.

"Our Father" takes a bold and honest look at the emotional and psychological devastation left in the wake of a father's crushing dementia. It also touches on other personal and social issues, bringing into sharp focus the effects of a life spent in darkness, carefully guarding secrets from the past.

In one claustrophobic scene, writer and director Linda Palmer-Cardone takes her audience on an insightful and mesmerizing journey that most feature-length films fail to achieve. Like a car crash you just can't look away from, "Our Father" holds you tight from the first moment to the last.

Michael Gross's shattering performance as John, the father, will leave you shaken to the core. Michael Worth's touching performance as Jared brilliantly captures the roller coaster of emotions and feelings a son faces when dealing with a father locked in the grip of advancing dementia.

David Topp and Eileen Grubba (Danny and Kate) also give wrenching and touching performances as a teenage boy, mature and sensitive beyond his years, who is far better equipped to handle the situation with his grandfather than anyone else, and a wife and mother who is struggling to keep herself and her family together through an impossible ordeal.


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