Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Captain Fantastic, The Lord of the Rings
Trilogy) proves that he’s as adept behind the camera as he is in front of
it with his directorial debut, the touching and moving Falling.
Mortensen, who also wrote the script and musical score, plays John
Peterson, an air force pilot who stays in Southern California with his
partner Eric (terry Chen) and adopted daughter Monica.
We first meet John Peterson when he’s on an aeroplane with his elderly
father, Willis. Due to his advancing years and poor health, John decides to
bring his father out to California so that he can look for a property for
him which will allow him to stay closer to his family.
From the outset Willis’s behaviour is erratic, he wakes up suddenly on the
plane and goes looking for his wife who’s been dead for a number of years.
Things don’t get much better when he gets to John’s home where his
outbursts of homophobia and sexism are, at first, brushed off by John and
his partner. With his memory in rapid decline Willis’s mind often drifts
back to his first wife, and John’s mother Gwen (Hannah Gross), a subject
that opens up old wounds within the family.
Most of the plaudits will undoubtedly go to Mortensen, and deservedly so,
however the star of the show is without doubt Lance Henriksen who is
phenomenal as the cantankerous and bigoted Willis, don’t be surprised to
see his name mentioned come awards time.