THE LOST DAUGHTER
Review: Leda is on a beach vacation in Greece. Things take a dark turn when she starts recalling her own experiences of early motherhood.
Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Actors: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Mescal, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jack Farthing, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Panos Koronis, Alexandros Mylonas, Alba Rohrwacher and Nikos Poursanidis
This is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature film directorial debut. Based on a novel by Elena Ferrante. This is one of those films where you really have to make your own mind up about it, especially as the outcome of the film is left unclear. None of these characters are nice people, plus I got the sense that you couldn’t trust any of them. Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley give fantastic performances. The actor I enjoyed seeing the most was Jack Farthing. His role is very brief but I found it very moving. A disturbing film dealing with issues of motherhood, marriage and memory. There is very little plot but the film does create a powerful and unsettling atmosphere. One of the questions I asked myself after watching this film was who is actually the lost daughter?