Suffering from Parkinson’s, Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox), a giant of the theater, is facing the grim reaper. Refusing to go quietly into that dark night, he lays waste to those around him with fusillades of potty-mouth abuse. He needs a full-time nurse, but daughter Sophia, perhaps as payback for years of bullying, refuses to let him have help. Along comes Dorottya, a Hungarian actress who thinks Sir Michael may be her ticket to a career in the theater. The two strike up a friendship, but Sophia and staff suspect Dorottya is just using him. Father and daughter face off, when Sophia schemes to get rid of Dorottya, despite the young actress’s growing bond with her father.
“As a veteran actor battling Parkinson’s and mediocrity, Brian Cox gets to have his cake and eat it in The Carer, an enjoyably indulgent comedy/drama that sends up the high self-regard of his profession while showcasing his own talents as an actor.” — Alastair Harkness, The Scotsman
Gilbert Adair, János Edelényi, Tom Kinninmont
Brian Cox, Anna Chancellor, Emilia Fox, Coco König