Writer & Director
"Acclaimed actor Viggo Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts that make up a modern family in his directorial debut, FALLING, an intimate drama about a man's relationship with his ageing father.
John Peterson (Mortensen) lives with his partner Eric (Chen) and their adopted daughter Monica in Venice, California, a long way from the traditional rural life he left behind. His father Willis (Henriksen) - an independent farmer from a bygone era, whose old-fashioned prejudices have not evolved in the slightest, lives alone on the old farm where John grew up. Willis' mind has begun to decline, so John brings him out west to stay at his home in California while he and his sister Sarah (Linney) try to figure out where their father should retire.
Willis’ abrasive demeanour, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by his memory loss. This brings the past and the present into conflict, and causes old wounds to rise to the surface. As father and son confront the events that have torn them apart, they relive their shared memories of the last 40 years, including their differing recollections of John’s mother Gwen (Gross), taking us on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment through to acceptance and hard-won grace.