The festival's "Opening Night Film" stars Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge) and Colin Firth (Then She Found Me, 2008 AIFF; Love Actually) in an unflinching exploration of a father-son relationship. As a successful writer deals with his overbearing and bullish fatherís terminal illness, memories of his childhood and teens-funny, embarrassing and upsetting- come rushing back. Recollections are interspersed with tender and heartrending scenes of his present struggle to come to terms with his father and their stormy history, as he reassesses a relationship characterized by resentment and humiliation.
Was his father a bully and a shameless philanderer or just a larger-than-life soul who always meant well? As a result he learns to accept that one's parents are not always accountable to their children. This is an emotional, often hilarious examination of ever-complicated family ties- the contradictions, frustrations, love and loss bound into the relationships many of us have with our parents. Get ready to phone your dad. [adult content, language]