The Father (2020) stars Anthony Hopkins and tells the story of “Anthony” an elderly man, who feels that his younger daughter is trying to rob him of the property and security that comes with his apartment.  Unfortunately for Anthony, as the film progresses, it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference between reality and paranoia.

Spoilers ahead.  What struck me most about this film was how we enter into the perspective of Anthony.  We see the world through his eyes.  We see him with his daughter one day.  We see him with someone else claiming to be his daughter the very next.

In one scene we see him speaking fondly to his caregiver.  In another scene, we see this same caregiver lying stretched out in a hospital bed.   In one scene, we see the family having chicken for dinner.  Then in another scene we see the daughter buy a whole chicken and bring it home for supper.  Was this the same chicken as before or a different one?  It is strange how poultry can lead to a mental breakdown.  But it does.

Praise the Lord

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