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The Father: a Neurology Film Club review
  1. Katherine M Sawicka1,
  2. Neha Patel1,
  3. David Chan2,
  4. Felix Tyndel1
  1. 1 Department of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Medicine (Neurology), Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Felix Tyndel, Neurology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada; f.tyndel{at}

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The film The Father has us view life through a different lens. While we may never fully understand a person’s experience of dementia, The Father demonstrates a unique and empathetic portrayal of living with dementia.

In June 2021, our 5-year-old University of Toronto Neurology Film Club assembled for a virtual viewing of the 2020 French–British film, The Father. Directed by Florian Zeller, it stars Anthony Hopkins as Anthony, a man with dementia, with co-stars Olivia Colman and Imogen Poots as witnesses to the progression of his disease and the corresponding lifestyle adaptations.

The Father begins with Anthony, a retired engineer, living alone and listening to music and concludes with his placement in a nursing home. In between, however, he, and we too, become disorientated to persons, place and time. The artful manipulation of sets …

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