The Roads Not Taken

Released 11 September 2020

However far away you go, you are always you.

Leo lies in bed. He is confused and lost in his thoughts. People around him no longer take him seriously. With the proverbial tender loving care, Molly, his daughter, accompanies him through New York. Even though her job is on the line, she sticks with this mentally impaired man who no longer knows her name, but whose head is filled with wanderings into parallel versions of his life. The life of a man.

Leo with Dolores in Mexico: scenes from their passionate marriage; Leo as a lonely writer on a Greek island. These encounters steer him towards unpleasant truths – and back to Molly.

In spite of the radical stance of her feminist films (The Gold Diggers, Orlando), Sally Potter has always been fascinated by the coexistence of women and men. She takes this to a new level in her latest work that explores the many lives a man carries inside him, even when reality seems to be fading away. In the end, it is his daughter's unconditional love that holds together the threads of Leo’s hallucinatory trips.

The Roads Not Taken trailer


Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek


Sally Potter


Christopher Sheppard


Sally Potter

Executive Producers:

Rose Garnett


Bleecker Street Media



Running time:

85 minutes

Release date:

11 September 2020