The Lost Daughter
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.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Charles Dorfman
Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard
Greece-USA-UK-Israel 2020. 121min
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.
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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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