The Roads Not Taken review – Sally Potter’s poetic vision of mental illness

Javier Bardem stars in Potter’s moving film inspired by her younger brother’s rare form of early onset dementia

Writer Leo (Javier Bardem) lies in his railroad apartment glassy-eyed and ignoring the phone. We learn that he suffers from an unnamed mental illness resembling dementia, requiring the care of his daughter, Molly (a brilliant, subtle Elle Fanning, tears brimming then stemmed to better preserve her father’s dignity as disease ebbs it away).

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