Director Andrei and his partner, Paula, learn that they are to become parents. As the mother-to-be struggles with the absence of strong parental role models, Andrei sets out to find a father who abandoned the family home to become a monk on the edge of Mount Athos. Why did this father suddenly leave his wife and children to devote himself to the monastic life? What mysteries lie behind this sudden vocation? What demons did he flee from and did he find solace in this isolated retreat?
A rich, profound and surprising documentary, Holy Father questions both fatherhood and the reliability of childhood memories. Filmed in a setting that invites meditation, it is disconcerting in the reflections it provokes and invites reconciliation.