Film: The Lost Daughter

Opened: December 17, 2021

Directed by: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Starring: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Dagmara Domińczyk, Paul Mescal, Robyn Elwell, Ellie Blake, Jack Farthing & Oliver Jackson-Cohen

In her feature-length directorial and writing debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal creates a dynamic story that will get you invested in the characters and keep you guessing, even if you end up feeling left unsatisfied.

College professor Leda Caruso (Olivia Colman) is on holiday in Greece and particularly notices Nina (Dakota Johnson) who seems to be struggling with motherhood. Leda begins to have flashbacks of her younger self (Jessie Buckley) experiencing issues with her daughters Bianca (Robyn Elwell) and Martha (Ellie Blake).

There are some dark undertones in this film surrounding Nina and her friends that never gets fully explained. And the final scene between Nina and Leda escalates without real sense.

However, Colman and Johnson both embody their characters fantastically. Colman’s ability to express many emotions is once again present at its finest.

Final say: You may be a bit lost. ★★★☆☆

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