Synopsis: Frank (Ray Winstone) is confined to a residential home, stricken with Alzheimer's - past, present ad future steadily disintegrating. Then one day, James (Jim Sturgess) appears, wanting to re-connect with a father who know longer knows him. James springs Frank from the home and the pair go on the run. As their haphazard journey unfolds - funny, violent and tragic by turns - the present merges with imperfect memories of the past and fact with fiction and we begin to realize that nothing is quite what it seems. ASHES itself defies neat categorization; part road movie, part psychological thriller; part contemporary film noir, but all beautifully shot and with a grimly satisfying twist.
100 min




Is anybody there?


Hey. What are you doing in here?

Sorry, I'm looking for someone.

Used to live here.

This is private property.

So, come on. Out you go.

You couldn't do me a favor,

could you?


I've been searching for months.

His name is Frank Barron.

It's important.

Let's have a look.

Watch yourself on that glass.

Oh, yeah.

Took him off to Fairview.

Had to call the police.

He put up a hell of a fight.

- Fairview? What's that?

- Hospital.

Pass it on the way into town.

What do you want with him?

He's my dad.

- Hello?

- Hi, it's me. Did I wake you?

- What time is it?

- I found him!

- Are you serious?

- Yeah.

- I'm going to see him tomorrow.

- Oh my God.

I know.

Soon everything's

going to be all right.

I'll be back soon.

All right, bye.


You have arrived

at our destination.

You have arrived to...

Yeah, I'm here to see Dr. Burrows.

Fairview is a secure unit

for patients

with severe mental difficulties.

including Alzheimer's,

what we think your father has.

He was sectioned

under the Mental Health Act

Various acts of aggression

have been reported,

which is why he was brought to us

for assessment.

- How bad is he?

- He may remember you.

But his memory comes and goes;

I don't want to raise your hopes.

Most of the time

he's in his own world,

when you leas expect it,

he sparks back into life.

But the disease

makes him paranoid

and prone to hallucinations.

I understand how hard that can be.

"Frank Barron".

We've only ever know him

as Frank, of course.

He's not the first to arrive here

without I.D.

Somehow people

slip below the radar.

It's not uncommon, sadly.

I'm surprised

you managed to find us.

Yes, it wasn't easy.

I've looked for him for months.

We weren't close.

I knew he grew up around here...

What sort of person was he?

You're talking about him

like he's dead.

I'm sorry.

This must be very hard, but...

our Frank, the one

we've been looking after,

he's not the person you knew.

You must understand

that it's no Frank,

it's the disease.

It can be easier to think of him

as a different person.

A stranger even.

Maybe you should see for yourself.

Frank, for goodness sake.

I can't hear myself think!

That's better, isn't it?

Bit of light

makes all the difference.

I wish I was dead.

- What's that?

- I wish I was dead.

Come on, Frank.

You've got a special visitor.

Can you see who it is, Frank?

Your son has to come to visit you.

It's James.

- My Jamie.

- That's right. Yeah.

I'll leave you to yourselves.

I'm just outside if you need me.

Right. Thank you, thanks.

How you doing? You okay?

Everything all right?

- Where am I?

- Hospital.

- Accident?

- Not exactly.

- Where's my fags?

- Fags? I don't know.

Look, dad,

you might have a look at this?

- Can you remember anyone?

- Cathy.

- Cathy. That's right.

- My wife.

- Yea, you're right. Mum.

- Mummy. Your mummy.

Right. Well done.

You want your tape player?

Okay, I'll get you some music.

Here we go. I'll put it on.

It's all right, its off. It's off.

Hey! Stop!

Stop! Stop it!



Frank. Frank!

Frank, it's okay.

It's okay.


- I thought it went well.

- I'm so sorry.

It's the medication.

They've switched it

so many times,

I don't know who

the real Frank is.

Look, I tried my best.

What do you want me to do?

Bust him out?

I don't know what to say.

He's sick.

Yeah, really sick.

What I'm saying, it's like...

Alzheimer's or something.

- Morning.

- All right.

Sorry, they're not gonna let me

bring him back.

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