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Falling

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Well-acted drama has strong prejudice and hateful language.

Movie R 2021 112 minutes
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A noteworthy directorial debut from Mortensen, the film takes an interesting exploration into the disparity of political thinking in America through a symbolic father-son conflict. Falling is also a tale of forgiveness, and takes a fascinating look into what we as people are able to make peace with, for the sake of our family. Mortensen is terrific in the supporting lead role, taking a very understated approach, as rather than be a film full of impassioned conflict, his character very much absorbs the disdain from his father, like a boxer soaking up punches. This creates a platform for Henriksen to shine and he delivers emphatically.

The story is well structured, cutting between flashbacks (featuring Sverrir Gudnason as a young Willis) and the present day. Unfortunately the narrative does get tired as it progresses. It begins to feel repetitive, even tedious at times, as we go round in circles, just watching on as this elderly man is incessantly horrible to his family. The result is, that despite two fantastic performances, Falling is a family drama that proves to be a hard watch.

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