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In welcoming Willis (a masterful Lance Henriksen), his cantankerous Midwest farmer dad, into his California home, John (Viggo Mortensen) likewise opens the door to painful memories of decades-old trauma that set these men on their respective trajectories. Living with his partner (Terry Chen) and their young daughter (Gabby Velis), John yearns to reconcile with Willis before encroaching dementia takes its toll. But even when abetted by his sister (Laura Linney in one of 2020’s finest supporting turns), and despite John’s almost saintly patience and grace, it appears that the rot of resentment may simply run too deep.

In interviews, Mortensen has spoken candidly about the deeply personal, if not outrightly autobiographical, nature of his directorial debut. What makes Falling such a remarkable accomplishment though is his ability to craft richly detailed characters and intricate interpersonal dynamics that are specific to this intimate drama and yet delineate the fault lines that threaten the foundations of many families. Buoyed by instances of humour and grounded in candour, it affectingly depicts how simple acceptance is the greatest act of familial love.


Includes an interview with Director: Viggo Mortensen, Actors: Lance Henriksen, Terry Chen, Hannah Gross, Bracken Burns

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Viggo Mortensen

Lance Henriksen, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross, Gabby Velis, Laura Linney, Bracken Burns
Executive Producer Danielle Virtue, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Touche, Stephen Dailey, Peter Hampden Norman Merry
Producer Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Bekerman, Chris Curling
Screenwriter Viggo Mortensen
Cinematographer Marcel Zyskind
Editor Ronald Sanders
Production Design Carol Spier
Music Viggo Mortensen
Production Company Achille Productions
Source Mongrel Media Inc.
UK/Canada 2020 112 min. English Review | Review
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Viggo Mortensen has consistently earned acclaim for his work as an actor in a wide range of films. These include Green Book, Captain Fantastic, A History of Violence, The Road, Jauja, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Mortensen is also poet, photographer, and painter. He is the editor of Perceval Press, an independent publishing house which he founded in 2002. His new collection of poetry and photography is Lo que no se puede escribir (What Cannot Be Written).

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