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Trailer Drops For Olivia Colman's New Film 'The Father' - And It Looks Absolutely Gripping

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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Trailer Drops For Olivia Colman's New Film 'The Father' - And It Looks Absolutely Gripping

Featured Image Credit: Lionsgate Films

Acting legends Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star as father and daughter in family drama The Father - and the trailer has us gripped.

Directed by Florian Zeller, the film is already hotly tipped to do well during awards season, and we can see why.

Check out the trailer yourself below:

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Fiercely independent, Hopkins' character refuses to give up his apartment despite his deteriorating condition, leading his daughter Anne (Colman) and her husband, Paul (Rufus Sewell) to move in with him.

Anne hires a nurse (Imogen Poots) to help look after her father, but as he begins to lose his grip on his bearings and identity, it becomes clear that at-home care isn't enough.

The trailer shows the father's devastating decline as he begins to believe his daughter is conspiring against him.

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Hopkins plays an ageing father struggling with dementia (Credit: Lionsgate Films)
Hopkins plays an ageing father struggling with dementia (Credit: Lionsgate Films)

"There's something funny going on," Hopkins' voice narrates. "I don't know what, but she's cooking up against me, that I do know."

One scene indicates that Anne's husband may be suspect, when we hear the line: "How much longer do you intend to hang around here ruining your daughter's life?"

The Father is based on Florian Zeller's play of the same name, which first showed at the Théâtre Hébertot, Paris in 2012 and went on to be translated and adapted around the world.

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Zeller previously told Entertainment Weekly: "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."

(Credit: Lionsgate Films)
(Credit: Lionsgate Films)

An award season hopeful, for sure.

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The Father hits UK cinemas 8th January 2021.

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, TV Entertainment

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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