When Did You Last See your Father?

When Did You Last See your Father?

DVD - 2008
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A 40-year-old writer visits his dying father. He begins to relive the memories of the past - both good and bad - and he is forced to realize that his once "immortal, invincible and infallible" father is human after all.

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The "see" in the title is an existential 'seeing' . I loved the story, some scenes were a bit too steamy and did not add to the story. Although I have not 'seen' my own father for 30 years it did make me think about father/son relationships and how we perceive our parents.

Judith Divoky Aug 17, 2015

Why did Colin Firth taste his father's ashes before releasing them? British custom?

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Nursebob
Dec 20, 2014

As an old man lies dying, his adult son becomes lost in childhood memories. It was a childhood of minor mortifications and small betrayals at the hands of his well-meaning yet maddeningly impulsive father. As his dad’s life ebbs, he finally achieves some peace of mind in this tender tale of love and forgiveness that explores the sometimes-precarious bonds between fathers and sons. A healthy dose of humour keeps things on track and avoids maudlin sentimentality.

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laineygirl5
Mar 08, 2014

we don't ever understand our parents until we've reached the age they were when we were children. we see them clearly , finally, because we see ourselves. only then can we forgive them for the past and they, us. this film is wonderful.

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ShirleyStoddard
Feb 04, 2014

DID NOT CARE FOR THE MOVIE ~

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ostwald
Jan 17, 2013

I saw the movie and I had liked it
this is based on a true story this isnot
for children to watch

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mjcuaycong
Mar 18, 2012

This film delves into the intricate topic of a complex father-son relationship. Jim Broadbent is terrific as the larger-than-life father, who becomes very human and vulnerable due to illness. Colin Firth is incredible as the conflicted, successful son who is nevertheless haunted by his rocky relationship with his father. He is such a subtle actor- whose face and body language convey so much emotion. The scene at the end where he finally confronts his loss and grief is heart-wrenching. Juliet Stevenson gives a strong performance as the stoic, strong English housewife. Cinematography of the English countryside is beautiful and touching.

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NanaPat
Feb 18, 2011

Excellent Britsh drama with superb performances by both Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth. When an adult is losing a parent it is natural to go through reflection , awareness and a type of 'coming of age' process. The flashbacks really enhanced the understanding of where the characters started out and why they are at the place they have arrived.

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