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What I think The Father is about

This is all spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t watched the movie.

I believe that the story actually takes place while Anthony is at the nursing him, and we are seeing his memories. Which are full of holes, so the scenes of the movie don’t always match up completely to what really happened. The memories aren’t entirely in chronological order, and some of them jumble up time periods.

I think what he’s wearing is supposed to be a clue to when the scene took place. In the earliest scenes he’s wearing an expensive-looking sports coat, then a cardigan, then a bathrobe, and then pajamas without a bathrobe.

I believe that Anne was married to that guy, Paul, and then when Anne had her father come live with them, this ruined their marriage because Paul couldn’t deal with it, and they got divorced. Anthony doesn’t remember anything about the divorce, so we don’t see any of that, nor do we see the long time period, I assume several years, between the time of the divorce, and when Anne moves to Paris to live with some new guy we don’t see in the movie, and also by this time her father is too far gone for her to be able to take care of him at home.

Anthony also had another daughter, Laura, who died in a car accident, but that part is pretty obvious.

Mistaking his caregivers, nurses and doctor for people he knew in the past, such as his son-in-law and his daughter, is something that people with Alzheimer’s do, and the movie tries to show that through Anthony’s point of view.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 21, 2021 at 1:42 PM

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  1. I haven’t seen it but it sounds very confusing if you have to guess the plot even after watching it. It seems to be a trend now for movies/ series etc to constantly jump around in time. It gets annoying,


    April 21, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    • Jumping around in time is not uncommon among people with dementia.



      April 21, 2021 at 3:31 PM

      • Perhaps the people writing the Netflix series have dementia.


        April 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM

  2. Small correction: The daughter who was killed in the car crash was Lucy; Laura is the young woman who came to interview for the caretaker position.

    Ripple Earthdevil

    April 21, 2021 at 4:17 PM

  3. And Paul, the kind-of-a-jerk ex-husband, probably did box Anthony’s ears at least once. Maybe that’s part of why they got divorced.


    April 21, 2021 at 5:37 PM

  4. A good description of Alzheimer’s is that is it erasing memories in reverse order. The newest memories go first and the oldest memories that have been reinforced over time last the longest. That is why some of them disappear trying to find their childhood homes or previous residences.

    In taking a class of disaster response for vulnerable populations, we learned that people with Alzheimer’s will act like small children lost at the mall: They do not know where they are and they do not understand the situation.


    April 22, 2021 at 7:36 AM

  5. OT:
    Re:View – Star Trek The Next Generation Season One

    Mike and Rich sit down to talk about their top picks from TNG season One. When Rich can only come up with one and a half episodes and Mike is drunk and off his brain meds – it turns into an hour and 20 minute long ramble about Season One in general. Hear their confused and rambling thoughts on a 26 ish episodes of pure cringe.

    MEH 0910

    April 25, 2021 at 2:21 PM

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