Robert Downey Jr.’s public figure as a witty and understated Hollywood ringmaster means he can control what happens in front of the camera most of the time.
but, Seniorthe documentary he debuted at the Telluride Film Festival on Friday, iron man The star turned the camera on her relationship with her father, who was declining with Parkinson’s disease.
Senior It’s both a tribute to his celebrated director father’s lifelong commitment to absurdist and satirical independent films, as well as a comprehensive exploration of the pair’s tumultuous relationship. Robert Sr. put his son in his first film at the age of 5-year-old Cherubick with the one-liner, “Do you have hair in your balls?” (Amidst the decline of the elders, the two were still hustling. Try substances. Both men continued to struggle with addiction and drinking.
“It’s kind of like a salvation story that doesn’t have a happy ending, but it’s funny. It’s my favorite kind of story,” Downey Jr. said during a post-film festival Q&A session.
Films directed by Chris Smith (100 foot waveRobert Sr. will be seen directing his final film as Downey Jr. follows suit, producing a documentary about his father who died in July 2021 at the age of 85. , urged her husband to integrate the concept. “Susan was like, ‘I can’t keep doing two movies. This doesn’t make sense,'” he recalled, making the festival crowd laugh.
Downey Jr. said he found himself making a film that ended with his father’s death “about halfway” in the process when Downey was already working on the loss.
“Susan’s dad passed away. It was right in the middle of the pandemic,” he said. “It’s this strange that Susan is dealing with the loss of her father – he’s a saint, by the way – and dealing with helping me do a tribute to my father.” “But I’m a realist, and Parkinson’s timelines are usually not good.
The film includes one of the star’s final visits with his weakened father, who was confined to his bed. Downey Jr. is shown having a video call with his therapist during the visit. .
“I have to admit I never thought I would be[on screen]… I lost it with a therapist. That’s when I said nothing was off limits,” said the actor Says, son Exton also appears alongside his grandfather, with generations of Downey on screen together.
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Ultimately, Downey said the dialogue the film sparked between father and son gave him a greater understanding of the times he grew up in, making him feel “it’s not even about me and my father anymore.” rice field.Meditation on the period of several generations. And I think that [if this] This generation is more likely to do the ‘art’ part without the trauma part, and that’s great.”
Senior It is scheduled for acquisition at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival.