In My Father's Den

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  • R
  • 2005
  • 2 hr 8 min
  • 7.4  (7,756)

In My Father's Den is a 2004 psychological thriller-drama film directed by Brad McGann. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Maurice Gee. The film is set in a small town in New Zealand, where the protagonist, Paul Prior (Matthew Macfadyen) is a war photographer who has returned to his hometown after several years of absence.

Paul, a solitary man, moves into his late father's house, which he has inherited, and begins to explore the surrounding countryside with his camera. While wandering, Paul runs into Celia (Emily Barclay), a lonely and awkward teenager. She brings him back to her family's farm, where he meets her mother, Penny (Miranda Otto), and her two younger brothers. Paul is fascinated by Celia's intelligence and maturity, and they begin to bond over their shared love of photography.

As the bond between Paul and Celia grows deeper, he begins to learn about the family's dark secrets and is drawn into their conflicts. These tensions include the death of Celia's sister, who died under mysterious circumstances, and Penny's troubled relationship with her husband, who left to work in Australia and has not returned for years.

In the midst of these conflicts, Paul begins to develop a deep affection for Celia, despite their considerable age difference. As he becomes more involved with the family, Paul finds himself caught up in the web of secrets and lies that have been kept hidden for years.

The movie is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story that explores themes of loss, grief, love, and redemption. The plot is not only about the secrets of the family and the town, but also about the personal demons of Paul himself. Despite his profession as a war photographer, it is clear that Paul's greatest battle is an internal one, and the events that transpire in the film only serve to amplify his inner struggles.

The film's visual style is remarkable. The stunning New Zealand landscape is beautifully captured, and the cinematography is breathtaking, making it hard not to feel the weight of the surroundings.

The acting of Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, and Emily Barclay is top-notch. Each actor portrays their characters with such depth and realism that they come across as real people rather than just film characters.

In My Father's Den is a haunting and emotional tale of a man trying to find his way back home both physically and emotionally. It is a cerebral thriller that delivers on the level of both plot twists and character development. Ultimately, the film is a meditation on family, memory, and the difficult journey of self-discovery. It is a must-watch for any fan of cinematic storytelling.

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    7.4  (7,756)