The Father is based on French playwright Florian Zeller’s play of the same title, which debuted at the Théâtre Hébertot, Paris, in 2012 and has become an acclaimed theatre event around the world.
The trailer indicates a heartbreaking story about a dementia sufferer’s decline and the effect it has on his family. Sir Anthony plays the father who appears to be losing grip on reality as his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), prepares to move to Paris with her husband, Paul (Rufus Sewell).
Anne hires a nurse (Imogen Poots), but when another woman (Olivia Williams) appears to become his daughter and another man, Paul (Mark Gatiss), it’s clear that the father’s condition requires more than home help. He refuses to leave his apartment, however.
Zeller, who directed his own adaptation for the big screen, told EW earlier this year: “The idea was never just to tell a story about dementia from the outside — it was to give the opportunity to the audience to experience signs of dementia, as if they were in the main character’s head.
“I really wanted to keep that narrative in the adaptation,” he added.