112 minutes – LGBTQ, Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: September 11, 2020 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Release date: February 5, 2021
Production companies: Perceval Pictures, Zephyr Films, Scythia Films
Canadian distributor: Mongrel Media

John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Monica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. His father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping he and his sister, Sarah (Laura Linney), can help their father find a home closer to them. Their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s angry refusal to change his way of life in any way. In his directorial debut, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. As father and son finally confront events that have torn them apart, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen (Hannah Gross), we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.

Falling marks the feature directorial debut of Viggo Mortensen and is a Canada-United Kingdom-Denmark coproduction.
Also see: Northernstars Reviews Falling.

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Viggo Mortensen
Chris Curling
Daniel Bekerman

Executive Producer:

Danielle Virtue
Brian Hayes Currie
Peter Touche
Stephen Dailey
Peter Hampden
Norman Merry

Associate Producer:

Anya Ryzhenkova
Natalie Novak Remplakowski


Viggo Mortensen


Viggo Mortensen


Marcel Zyskind DFF


Ronald Sanders, CCE, ACE


Viggo Mortensen

Production Designer:

Carol Spier

Art Director:

Jason Clark

Costume Designer:

Anne Dixon

Cast: Roles:

Sverrir Gudnason
Lance Henriksen
Terry Chen
Hannah Gross
Carina Battrick
Ava Kozelj
Laura Linney
Gabby Velis
Bracken Burns
Liam and Luca Crescitelli
Grady McKenzie
Etienne Kellici
William Healy
Viggo Mortensen
Ella Jonas Farlinger
Piers Bijvoet
David Cronenberg
Paul Gross
Henry Mortensen
Noah Davis
Taylor Belle Puterman
Bo Martyn
Maxwell McCabe Lokos
Johnny O

Willis (23-43 Yrs)
Willis (75 Yrs)
Sarah (4-6 Yrs)
Sarah (11 Yrs)
Sarah (45 Yrs)
John (Baby)
John (4 Yrs)
John (9-11 Yrs)
John (16 Yrs)
John (50 Yrs)
Dr. Klausner
Dr. Solvei
Sergeant Saunders
Diner Waiter Rasmussen
Flight Attendant Harris
Danny Ward