Viggo Mortensen has always been one to veer off the beaten path a little bit. After all, this is a guy whose only reason for joining one of the most critically and financial successful franchises of all time was to make his son happy, and then after that he used his new clout to make Hidalgo and forge a partnership with David Cronenberg.
He’s a tough guy to read, so it’s unsurprisingly surprising that his directing debut Falling hasn’t been eating up the press on the awards circuit this year the way other high profile movies have. Having premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival to slightly positive reviews (currently holding a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes), this was clearly a passion project for Mortensen, as the Oscar nominated actor directed, wrote, starred in, and even pulled an Eastwood and scored the movie himself.
Now everyone is going to be able to see what this story has to offer, as Falling will be released in theaters and on digital on February 5th, 2021, and we’ve now got our first look at the film’s trailer. Starring Mortensen, alongside Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross, and even Cronenberg himself, Falling is a story about the difficulties of father/son relationships, as Mortensen’s John brings his dementia stricken father Willis (Henriksen) to live with him and his partner, Eric (Chen).
There’s a lot of loaded themes to unpack within the film, a pretty heavy undertaking for your first time directing, and Mortensen clearly put a lot of heart into telling this story.
Falling releases on February 5th. Check out the trailer below, and keep a look out in the coming days for more coverage for the film, as Awards Radar editor Joey Magidson gets the opportunity to speak with some of the talent involved in the movie: