A day in the life of Leo and his daughter, Molly, as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.


Sally Potter


Sally Potter
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Leo
Elle Fanning ... Molly
Branka Katic ... Xenia
Salma Hayek ... Dolores
Dimitri Andreas Dimitri Andreas ... Mikael
Katia Mullova-Brind Katia Mullova-Brind ... Mel
Milena Tscharntke ... Anni
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Dentist
Aaron Joshua ... Taxi Driver
Sabina Cameron ... Nurse
Griffin Stevens ... Doctor
Laura Linney ... Rita
Catherine Levi Catherine Levi ... Clio
Ruth Keeling Ruth Keeling ... Dog Owner
Olan Montgomery ... Security Guard


Sally Potter's THE ROADS NOT TAKEN follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning) as she grapples with the challenges of her father's chaotic mind. As they weave their way through New York City, Leo's journey takes on a hallucinatory quality as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.

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One Man's Journey Into His Mind



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


There was originally another story set in New York where Bardem and Chris Rock played lovers, but when Sally Potter was editing the movie, and admittedly much to her dismay, she didn't feel it clicked with the rest of the movie so she cut out those scenes. See more »


Referenced in Evening Urgant: Laima Vaikule/Yelawolf (2020) See more »

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Thank You, Sally!
9 May 2020 | by pangipinguSee all my reviews

Contrary to many negative reviews published by various critics of world renown, watching Sally Potter's latest feature "The Roads Not Taken", with its name borrowed from a Robert Frost poem of relevant nature, struck me deep to my soul's core. As a person currently dealing with and witnessing a loved one go through dementia, I daresay this portrayal of a life fallen apart and the performances delivered by the actors could not have been more realistic and convincing.

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Release Date:

13 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »


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$3,310, 15 March 2020

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