“A beautifully controlled drama about age, memory and forgiveness.”
– Steve Pond, The Wrap
In his debut as a writer/director, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Along with Mortensen, the film features three-time Golden Globe nominee Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark, Appaloosa), international star Sverrir Gudnason (2020 Sundance title Charter, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Borg vs. McEnroe), Hannah Gross (2020 Sundance title Tesla, Joker, “Mindhunter”), Terry Chen (“House of Cards”), and three-timeAcademy Award® nominee Laura Linney (“Ozark,” Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me).
John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John’s father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis is in the early stages of dementia, making running the farm on his own increasingly difficult, so John brings him to stay at his California home so that he and his sister Sarah (Laura Linney) might help him find a place near them to relocate to. Unfortunately, their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s adamant refusal to change his way of life in the slightest. Falling captures their journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace. In English. Rated R for language throughout including offensive slurs, crude sexual references, brief sexuality and nudity. Writer/Director: Viggo Mortensen (Canada/UK/Denmark 2021) 112 min.
Available with Closed Caption.
EXTRA CONTENT: A special pre-recorded conversation with writer/director/actor Viggo Mortensen and actor Lance Henriksen.
Moderated by Scott Mantz
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