“Maggie Gyllenhaal’s accomplished directing debut makes humid, sensual cinema of Ferrante’s novel”- The Guardian ★★★★
Leda (Olivia 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 (Dakota 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. Director Maggie 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.
Audio Description available.
Screenings of THE LOST DAUGHTER from 24 December will feature an introduction from director Maggie Gyllenhaal, courtesy of Birds Eye View Reclaim the Frame. Anyone can join the Reclaim The Frame mission, find out more at www.birds-eye-view.co.uk. Reclaim The Frame is run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the BFI’s Audience Fund.