The Lost Daughter

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Certificate15
Year2021
GenreDrama
DirectorMaggie Gyllenhaal
WritersElena Ferrante, Maggie Gyllenhaal
LanguageEnglish
CountryUnited States of America, Greece
Running Time2HR 1MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts Elena Ferrante in this astonishingly assured directorial debut starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard and Paul Mescal.

Leda is a woman nearing 50, luxuriating alone in a quiet seaside spot in Greece, when a brash American family arrives. She’s disturbed by their presumptuous and aggressive-if-crossed takeover of the beach, but fascinated by a stunning young mum amongst them with a clingy child.

When the daughter momentarily gets lost, the two women connect. It’s a simple encounter, but below the surface lies a tangled and messy human tale of how some women don’t relish motherhood, a story about putting your own needs first and the consequences of that.

Gyllenhaal confidently shifts between present and past - with Jessie Buckley brilliant as a young Leda – all beautifully captured by director of photography Hélène Louvart (Happy as Lazzaro, Rocks). As psychologically rich as a great book, Gyllenhaal crafts scenes of pleasure, regret, mystery and peril, always offering a thrilling sense of not knowing exactly what will happen next.

Text by Tricia Tuttle

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