FROM THE WRITER-DIRECTOR OF THE OSCAR-WINNING THE FATHER...
“A laceratingly painful drama of familial fear and loathing” - The Guardian ★★★★
This morally knotty, thematically complex and thoroughly engrossing film finds writer-director Florian Zeller working at the height of his powers as a screenwriter and director, following his Oscar-winning collaboration with Christopher Hampton on The Father (2020). Working with Hampton again, Zeller’s new film focuses on Peter (Hugh Jackman), a hyper-successful lawyer embarking on a new life with his young wife (Vanessa Kirby) and baby, his bitter and heartbroken ex-wife Kate (Laura Dern) and their troubled young son Nicholas (Zen McGrath).
When Nicholas begins behaving oddly, skipping school and disappearing for long stretches of time, neither Peter nor Kate know quite what to do. As the characters struggle to deal with the boy’s worrying behaviour, the true nature of their relationships is laid excruciatingly bare, and the film evolves into a gripping psychological drama. Featuring a career-best performance from Jackman and a brief, unforgettable cameo from Anthony Hopkins as one of the most thoroughly monstrous characters he has ever played, The Son is a powerful and devastating drama by one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.
mental health theme, suicide, self-harm
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Vanessa Kirby, Hugh Jackman, Anthony Hopkins
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