製作公司：Mythberg Films、Hopscotch Films、Vita Nova Films
2016年國際聲音與電影音樂節 (ISFMF) 長片類最佳配樂
可可寇寧曾在奧地利學院劇院及宮廷劇院登台，也在德國柏林劇院登台。她在2月演出第一部電影《The Card》，也參與11月即將上映的電影《刺客信條》。夏天時，可可獲得席勒劇本《Die Räuber》中Amalia的角色，該劇將於2016年夏末在薩爾斯堡音樂節首演。
上演職員時，畫面的背景是未來的新聞報導，我們得知角色後來的發展：Dorottya獲得CGGB 獎，Sophia任命Joseph為Gifford基金會的執行長，Michael爵士與長期伴侶Milly結婚。最後一則新聞的日期是2017 年（本片於2016年發行）10月21日，出現在肯特地方報，上面寫著伴郎是羅傑摩爾爵士（他之前在頒獎典禮上客串演出）。不過羅傑摩爾爵士已經於2017年5月去世。（IMDB）
在肯特實地拍攝。片尾列出梅德斯通以南的地點：Boughton Monchelsea House（Michael爵士的住家）、薩頓偉倫斯村養老院和幾所學校、The Lord Raglan 酒吧（位於查特山路）以及馬蓋特皇家劇院。（IMDB）
When Dorottya, an ambitious young Hungarian actress, takes on the unenviable job as carer of the once great stage actor Sir Micheal Gifford, the two instantly clash. He’s a sorry-for-himself, grumpy old has-been, and she is stubborn, standing up to him, as no one else dares. To the surprise of both, conflict is exactly what they need. Fuelled by quarrels and a mutual love of Shakespeare, their relationship sparks and each finds the other an inspiration. Unfortunately, this symbiosis arouses the jealousy of Sir Michael’s daughter, Sophia, and his faithful ex-lover, Milly. When Sir Michael is offered a Lifetime Achievement Award, Dorottya encourages the sick old man to collect it in person. Incensed, Milly and Sophia strike, sacking Dorottya and cutting her off from all contact. Without each other, Dorottya and Sir Michael spiral downwards – only to rally at the end, defying their critics and ultimately, together, triumphing onstage.
Awards & Festivals:
Brian Cox, Best Actor – Film Nominee, BAFTA Awards, Scotland, 2016.
János Edelényi, Best Film Nominee, Cairo IFF, 2016.
János Edelényi, Feature Film Nominee, Chichester IFF, 2016.
János Edelényi, Audience Award Nominee, Edinburgh IFF, 2016.
János Edelényi, Best Narrative Feature Nominee, Palm Springs Film Festival 2016.
János Edelényi, Audience Choice Nominee, Paraguay Film Festival 2018.
Best Original Score – Independent Film Nominee, Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), 2016.
Best Original Score, Feature Film, International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF), 2016.
Feature Film Score Nominee, Music + Sound Awards, International, 2016.
Brian Cox, Career Achievement Award, Stony Brook Film Festival 2016.
János Edelényi, Opening Night Film Awardediburgh, Stony Brook Film Festival 2016.
Best of British Section, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2016.
About the main cast
BRIAN COX as Sir Michael
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. Cox started his carrier in numerous television films and his first major role was Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter which every much established his career. He appeared in dozens of films and television series, more recently Cox has played in some major films, including The Corruptor, The Ring and X-Men2 or later in Troy, Red and Red2. He was awarded Commander of the order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to drama. He will play Sir Winston Churchill in a 2016 feature.
COCO KÖNIG as Dorottya
Coco König played in Austria’s “Akademietheatre” and the “Burgtheatre” and in Germany’s “Berliner Ensemble”. She starred in her first motion picture “The Card” in February and played a part in the upcoming film “Assassin’s Creed” in November. In summer Coco received the part of “Amalia” in Schiller’s play “Die Räuber” which will premiere at the Salzburg festival in late Summer 2016.
Interview with the Director:
The Carer is first and foremost a film about old age and illness – the director lost his father and brother-in-law not too long ago, and he has built the relationship between Sir Michael and Dorottya by drawing inspiration from the slapstick lines that he and his father would tell each other to soothe their emotional pain during the year they spent in and out of hospitals.
A crucial and personal aspect of the film is also Dorottya’s status as a migrant. Edelényi himself had to flee Hungary due to the censorship of the communist regime, so he infuses The Carer with small but poignant details that reveal the harsh reality of what it means to leave your own country full of fear, yet determined to make it, regardless of the obstacles in your path.
Brian Cox twinkles in touching odd-couple drama… -
Cox’s adorable grump learns to laugh again in a British film with witty touches from co-writer Gilbert Adair, and only a faint taste of Werther’s Original -
Cox's timing throughout is superb -- a comic masterclass that gives way to storms of temper worthy of Lear. The Sydney Morning Herald
Cox is in rambunctious form and has an obvious rapport with Konig. Independent (UK)
“Brian Cox rages vigorously against the dying of the light.” THR
“It’s funny, unexpected and profoundly moving.” Urban Cinefile
“The Hungarian director portrays, with the right amount of irony and tenderness, a relationship between two totally different people.” Cinemania
“Those who love Shakespeare and great British acting should not pass up The Carer” Jerusalem Post
“Cox carries it off with wit and flair, König is rather good to, and the screenplay has many witty touches.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“A barnstorming Brian Cox is the star attraction in The Carer, a sentimental, old-fashioned drama pitched somewhere between Sunset Boulevard and Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser.” Daily Express (UK)
“…moments so compelling and entertaining the film is a cinematic gift.” The Fresno Bee
“This is Cox’s show, and he dives fully into the role of a cantankerous, hammy old thespian who isn’t remotely ready to go gentle into that good night.” Contactmusic.com
“It’s a slight but touching story, and the film also makes some sharp observations about the immigrant experience. I liked it.” Daily Mail (UK)
Cox carries it off with wit and flair; König is rather good too, and the screenplay has many witty touches.
The Carer: An outstanding Brian Cox in the role of his life.
Throughout the movie, there are moments at which it is hard to distinguish Cox from Sir Michael, and in the final scene, a farewell speech during an award ceremony in his honour, it seems like the two merge and – probably also because Cox himself co-wrote the scene – this is one of the most genuine and sincere performances of his career.
The final scene, in which Michael gives a kind of valedictory speech at a critics’ awards dinner (more glitzy than most critics’ awards shows that I have attended), was apparently written in part by Cox himself, and it serves as a strong capper to a slight but likeable tribute to an aging lion of the theater.
“….the charm of the film comes from the performances……Emilia Fox as Sir Michael’s strong-willed daughter manages to be imperious without ever turning outright hateful. Anna Chancellor is compelling as the housekeeper who has her own romantic history with Michael. Coco Konig makes her film debut as new arrival Dorottya and gives a low-key but winning performance….”
A performance of grandiose scale from Cox ensures that we are continually invested in The Carer – Gifford is a lion of British theatre and Cox captures this in every essence. The actor channels a real frustration into the role of the mentally sharp, but physically declining Gifford and Edelényi juxtaposes this through use of archive footage of Cox’s previous work to show an effective before and after picture. Cox is at his finest in The Carer’s final moments which see the thespian launch an attack at the current state of the acting profession – this scene also features an amusing cameo from the legendary Sir Roger Moore which helps boost the film’s star power.
Last completed theatrical movie for Sir Roger Moore. IMDB
As the end credits roll there are quick glimpses of future newspaper articles to round off the characters' stories: Dorottya gains a CGGB award, Sophia appoints Joseph as a CEO to the Gifford Foundation, and Sir Michael weds his longtime companion, Millie. The latter appears as a "Kent Advertiser" piece in 2017 (this movie's release date was 2016) for the date of October 21, stating the best man as Sir Roger Moore (who appeared earlier in a cameo at the awards ceremony). Sir Roger Moore, however, died in May of 2017. IMDB
Filmed on location in Kent. End credits give locations as south of Maidstone: Boughton Monchelsea House (Sir Michael's house), Sutton Valence at a care home and several schools, and The Lord Raglan pub (on Chart Hill Rd), as well as the Theatre Royal Margate. IMDB
It was co-written by the late British critic and author Gilbert Adair – who I guess is responsible for the droll passage about the differences between Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be and the Mel Brooks remake.
Gilbert was still working on the script of THE CARER when he died – and his work was continued by his long-time friend and collaborator, the producer of CLOSED BOOK, Tom Kinninmont.