Today, as promised, we shine the spotlight on yet another haunting melancholic film from my collection. This time, we focus on one of my favorites, a little gem from 2004 called In My Father’s Den.
Based on a novel by Maurice Gee, the film tells the tale of the renowned war journalist Paul Prior (Macfadyen), who returns to his small town childhood home after the death of his father. I cannot reveal too much of the plot without lessening the impact of the experience, but it is a beautifully written and acted film that focuses on this emotionally broken man as he confronts his past, after having run away from his life 17 years prior.
Also worth noting – the film won the Fipresci Prize at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, the Mercedes Benz Youth Jury Prize at the 52nd San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain in the same year, the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2005, and also the Grand Prix at the 2005 Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard.