The Lost Daughter

classified 15
Film

Please note: This was screened in Dec 2021

Director
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Cast
Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard
Details
121 mins, 2021, USA, Greece
Primary language
English

In her striking, sensual and subversive directorial debut (which won Best Screenplay at Venice Film Festival), Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts the 2006 novel on motherhood gone astray by Elena Ferrante.

Leda (Olivia Colman) is a divorced professor on a solo summer vacation who becomes intrigued by - and then later oddly involved in the lives of - a brash American family she meets there. Oscar®-winner Colman brilliantly embodies this quietly tempestuous character, finely shading in the enigmatic relationships she creates with strangers, the more obsessively she deals with them, the more she is haunted by the ghosts of her own past - and she slowly but surely loses control.

A moving, sometimes unsettling inquiry into motherhood (and how some women don’t exactly relish it) and personal freedom, it features an outstanding supporting cast (including Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Paul Mescal and Jessie Buckley) and is sure to be a contender for the upcoming awards season.