The Lost Daughter (2021)

“Is this going to pass?” – Nina

“What?” – Leda

“[tearfully] I don’t know what to call it. I have depression or something.” – Nina

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A woman on vacation in Greece Island begins to think about her troubled past while watching the other vacationers.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been anticipating for quite some time now.

For some reason, I thought it would be more mysterious than it was.

The story plays out in a very slow burn fashion and that is part of its weakness.

The cast is great and they each make these characters feel very real, but it’s so hard to really care about any of them due to the way that things play out.

Olivia Coleman creates a compelling character who seems to have a good life until we begin to see what has happened to her up until now.

The film jumps back and forth between the present and the past which helps develop this character on a deeper level even if not everything she does is pure of heart or even easy to take in.

There are far too many unanswered questions that pop up as the story plays out and that makes it quite frustrating to watch because of the way it is presented.

The film’s premise of showing that not everything is always as simple as it may seem is apparent throughout, even if it takes forever to actually get somewhere along that journey.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Maggie Gyllenhaal said Elena Ferrante (the author of the source novel) only approved of the film’s adaptation if it would be directed by a woman. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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