Falling (2020): Mortensen’s Directing Debut, Melodrama of Gay Son and Conservative Father (LGBTQ, Gay)

Viggo Mortensen, the three-time Oscar nominated actor, makes a so-so directing debut with Falling, in which he also stars.

The film’s cast also includes Sverrir Gudnason, Laura Linney, Hannah Gross and David Cronenberg.

World premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Fest, it was released to mixed reviews on December 4 by Modern Films.

John (Mortensen) lives with husband Eric (Terry Chen) 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.

Viggo Mortensen as John Peterson
William Healy as 15-year-old John Peterson
Etienne Kellici as 10-year-old John Peterson
Grady McKenzie as 5-year-old John Peterson
Lance Henriksen as Willis Peterson
Sverrir Gudnason as Young Willis Peterson
Laura Linney as Sarah Peterson
Ava Kozelj as 10-year-old Sarah Peterson
Carina Battrick as 5-year-old Sarah Peterson
Hannah Gross as Gwen Peterson
Terry Chen as Eric Peterson
Piers Bijvoet as Will
Ella Jonas Farlinger as Paula
Bracken Burns as Jill
David Cronenberg as Proctologist #1
Paul Gross as Proctologist #2
Bo Martyn as Flight Attendant
Gabby Velis as Monica Peterson