The Carer DVD


Disclaimer; I received this movie for free in exchange for my review and my honest opinion, I have not been compensated in any way.


Street Date: July 14, 2020
DVD/Digital: $24.95


This is a touching and wonderful movie, the only problem I have with it is some of the language in it, other than that it is a great movie. Diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson s Disease, ailing theatrical legend Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox) is terminally ill. He is also foul-mouthed, irascible, and highly resistant to the concept of allowing a full time care giver into his home. Out of sheer necessity but hardly convicted at the notion herself, Sir Michael s daughter Sophia (Emilia Fox) reluctantly brings in a candidate to interview for the job. Into this fraught household comes Dorottya, who is greeted coldly by Sophia and Michael’s estate manager and former lover Milly (Anna Chancellor) but nevertheless manages to convince them to allow her a chance.


Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox) is determined not to let his affliction stand in the way of what could well be his final on-stage appearance — a ceremony by the Critic’s Guild of Great Britain honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Standing in his way instead is his overbearing daughter, Sophia (Emilia Fox), who’s determined to prevent him from attending the ceremony in his delicate condition and insistent on hiring a caretaker to see him through his final days.


Highly resistant to the concept of a full time caregiver, Sir Michael reluctantly allows Dorottya (Coco König) into his home. An aspiring Hungarian stage actress, she secretly hopes that caring for Sir Michael will propel her own career onstage, so she endures his unbearable temperament. Their relationship gradually improves as her warmth and knowledge of theatre begins to grow on the old lion. As Sir Michael mellows, however, Dorottya’s underlying ambitions become more transparent and the staff, including the estate manager and former lover, Milly (Anna Chancellor), become suspicious of her true purpose. The real drama unfolds when Sir Michael learns of his scheming daughter’s plans to remove Dorottya from his life, from whom he has regained a sense of meaning and vigor.
“The film mainly rests on Cox’s shoulders, and he has one of his best roles as the maddeningly self-absorbed but shrewdly observant actor…[he] encourages us to care about the character without ever softening his portrayal.” Paul Bynes of The Sydney Herald pens “Cox’s timing throughout is superb – a comic masterclass that gives way to storms of temper worthy of Lear.” And Hanna Brown of The Jerusalem Post writes “Those who love Shakespeare and great British acting should not pass up The Carer“.
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Since 1977, Corinth Films has been distributing foreign and independent arthouse cinema to audiences in the US & Canada. Beginning with such classics as David Lynch’s Eraserhead and Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, Corinth’s more recent releases have included films by up-and-coming international directors such as Nadav Lapid and Mika Kaurismaki, as well as acclaimed longstanding auteurs such as Mohsen Makhmalbaf , Edgar Reitz and Andrei Konchalovsky. As the film-viewing landscape changes, the desire for intellectually stimulating and entertaining films will not, and Corinth continues its mission to acquire and release undiscovered, international watch-worthy content. To discover and enjoy Corinth’s film releases, visit
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