• Director-Screenwriter

    Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • Producers

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Charles Dorfman

  • With

    Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard

  • Greece-USA-UK-Israel 2020. 121min

  • UK Distribution

    eOne

  • Language

    English

Leda (Colman) 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 (Johnson) 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.

Tricia Tuttle

Tickets from £10 (£5 for 25 & Under) for all Gala and Special Presentation screenings at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Access information

All screenings will be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. Headphones are available on request.

The screening on Thursday 14 October will be presented with closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

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