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The Roads Not Taken (15)

1 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


The Roads Not Taken follows 24 hours in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem), a man who came to the USA from Mexico when he was young and now lives alone in New York. He is supported by a visiting care-worker and – on this day – by his loving daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning). She is a busy young journalist who arrives at his apartment to take him to the dentist. As their day together progresses, a series of routine activities turn into tragicomic catastrophes. 

Leo’s erratic behaviour, faraway expression and apparently incoherent speech suggest that he has fallen deep into mental illness, possibly a form of dementia. Seen from Leo’s perspective, however, things look very different. In those moments where, to Molly and others around him, he seems to have ‘lost it’, he is, in fact, slipping in and out of parallel worlds in which he is fully living the ‘roads not taken,’ the selves he might have become, had he made different choices at crossroads earlier in his life. 

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  • Director Sally Potter
  • Cast Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Branka Katic
  • Country UK / Sweden / USA / Poland / Spain
  • Year of Production 2020
  • Running time 1h25m
  • Certificate 15
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