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FALLING

Viggo MORTENSEN

2020

112

minutes

CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM, DENMARK

First film by the actor Viggo Mortensen, Falling plunges us headlong into the world of family psyche. The past mingles unceasingly with the present, the figure of a terrible and furious father, with the incredulous and determined face of a son who has to suck it up. Mortensen's story is a universal cinematic story, that’s shot through with secret sensations. Imbued with nature and the heart of rural America, Falling is an original and strong work, as is often the case with films by actors, marking a very personal journey for the poet and photographer Viggo Mortensen. With David Cronenberg (they made History of Violence together) as a guest-star.

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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’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping that 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.

CASTING

Lance HENRIKSEN

Willis

Viggo MORTENSEN

John

Terry CHEN

Eric

Sverrir GUDNASON

Willis (Young)

Hannah GROSS

Gwen

Laura LINNEY

Sarah

CREDITS

Viggo MORTENSEN

Realisation

Viggo MORTENSEN

Screenplay

Marcel ZYSKIND

Cinematography

Carol SPIER

Production Design

Ronald SANDERS

Editing

PRODUCTION

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