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Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Right Stuff) gives a masterful performance in his mesmerizing portrayal of an angry abusive father in Viggo Mortensen's feature debut Falling. 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. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict.

"Unforgettable." - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

"A gem of a film...Hendriksen will rip your heart out." - April Neale, Alliance of Women Film Jouralists.

"A beautifully controlled drama about age, memory and forgiveness." - The Wrap.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    112 minutes
  • Language
    English, Spanish
  • Country
    Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark
  • Director
    Viggo Mortensen