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John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Monica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. His father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping he and his sister, Sarah (Laura Linney), can help their father find a home closer to them. Their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s angry refusal to change his way of life in any way.

In his directorial debut, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. As father and son finally confront events that have torn them apart, we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.
  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    112 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Viggo Mortensen
  • Screenwriter
    Viggo Mortensen
  • Producer
    Viggo Mortensen, Chris Curling, Daniel Bekerman
  • Executive Producer
    Danielle Virtue, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Touche, Stephen Dailey, Peter Hampden, Norman Merry
  • Cast
    Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason
  • Cinematographer
    Marcel Zyskind
  • Editor
    Ronald Sanders
  • Music
    Viggo Mortensen