Falling


Synopsis

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. In his directorial debut, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. As father and son finally confront events that have torn them apart, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen (Hannah Gross), we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, February 05, 2021
Original Languages: English
Genre: GLBT, Drama
Running Time: 112 min.
Year: 2020

CREDITS

CAST
Viggo Mortensen
Lance Henriksen
Terry Chen
Sverrir Gudnason
Hannah Gross
Laura Linney
David Cronenberg
DIRECTED BY
Viggo Mortensen

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PHOTOS

Hannah Gross as Gwen (left) and Sverrir Gudnason as young Willis (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
FALLING Director Viggo Mortensen. Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Viggo Mortensen as John (left) and Terry Chen as Eric (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Lance Henriksen as Willis (left) and Viggo Mortensen as John (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Lance Henriksen as Willis (left) and Viggo Mortensen as John (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Terry Chen as Eric (left) and Gabby Velis as Monica (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Sverrir Gudnason as young Willis in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Lance Henriksen as Willis (left) and Gabby Velis as Monica (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Director Viggo Mortensen on the set of FALLING, Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Director Viggo Mortensen on the set of FALLING, Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Etienne Kellici as young John (left) & Hannah Gross as Gwen (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Lance Henriksen as Willis in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Lance Henriksen as Willis in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media
Hannah Gross as Gwen (left) and Sverrir Gudnason as young Willis (right) in FALLING. Photo: Brendan Adam-Zwelling, Courtesy of Mongrel Media