Laura B., Caroline J. · Published on 27 November 2020 at 16h44
· Updated on 28 November 2020 at 11h49
“Falling” is the name of American Viggo Mortensen’s first picture he directed, out in France on December 30 2020. His debuts are a success, the movie is very-well directed and played.
He is one of the unmissable actors in American movies. Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, The Road, Green Book…) is back as the director of his first ever picture. Called “Falling”, this drama comedy draws the rowdy relationship between a father and his son.
Behind the camera, Viggo Mortensen also acts in front of the camera with Terry Chen (Come and Find Me), Lance Henriksen (Scream 3, The Last Cowboy, Appalooza…) and Laura Linney (Mystic River, Love Actually, The Life of David Gale…).
"Falling" is part of the official Cannes 2020 selection.
John Petersen (Mortensen) lives in California with his companion Eric (Chen) and their adoptive daughter Monica.
His father (Henriksen), farmer, belonged to a much more traditional world, far from the new family standards. When he retires, Willis decides to get closer to his family and John welcomes him home. Even though Willis wants to bond with his granddaughter Monica, the wounds of the past resurface in John and his sister Sarah (Linney).
For his directorial debuts, Viggo Mortensen delivers a very well filmed and played picture movie with "Falling". He shows a real sense of aesthetic, multiplies close-ups and flashbacks and present without losing us in the middle.
Viggo Mortensen has had a lot of time to polish his scenario and prepare the shooting unfortunately. As a matter of fact, it took the actors several years to convince producers to follow him in his adventure as a director. Viggo Mortensen also learned a lot, observed his shooting experiences as an actor.
In "Falling", a fictional movie that is yet including some pieces from Viggo Mortensen's family life, the director managed to create the role of the father (played by Lance Henriksen), that is insufferable, hardhat, denigrating, always insulting and rude... A character we often struggle to bear on screen. But the movie is so well filmed and the other characters are so moving we feel for them, and we enjoy the show even though, "Falling" may be a little slow sometimes.
For this debut movie, Viggo Mortensen brillantly makes it and even gives a role as a proctologist to David Cronenber (to thank him for directing him in "A History of Violence", "Eastern Promises", and "A Dangerous Method"?).
To discover “Falling”, Viggo Mortensen’s first directed movie, head to French theaters on December 30, 2020.