Sally Potter is known for innovative form and risk-taking subject matter and has worked with many of the most notable cinema actors of our time. Today we are going to talk about her new work, The Roads Not Taken. It stars Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, and Laura Linney. It had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 26, 2020, and is scheduled to be released in cinemas on March 13, 2020.
In The Roads Not Taken, Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning shine as a father and daughter struggling with his dementia. Molly (Elle Fanning) is sick of the way that people tend to dehumanize her dad (Javier Bardem), as soon as they realize that he suffers from some kind of advanced dementia. The cab drivers are nice enough, but the dentist, the eye doctor, and even Leo’s ex-wife (Laura Linney) talk to him as if he’s nothing more than his tragically premature condition.
The movie follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning) as she grapples with the challenges of her father’s chaotic mind. As they weave their way through New York City, Leo’s journey takes on a hallucinatory quality as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.