“The Lost Daughter”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 5th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | 2 Comments »

I am an admirer of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s acting.

Even more so perhaps, the bold and courageous choices she’s made throughout her career in the films and part she chooses.

“Secretary” and “42d Street” immediately come to mind. But there are others.

So, I am not surprised in her first foray into the director/ screenwriter’s chair, she would choose difficult, disturbing subject matter.

“The Lost Daughter,” streaming on Netflix, takes a look at motherhood and careers, sometime out of balance. How choices have to be made by good women, good mothers, caring women, feeling a compulsion to escape.

The movie features Olivia Coleman as Leda, a fortysomething professor on solo vacation in the Greek Isles. Looking for solitude. That is shattered by visions from her mothering past instigated by her interaction with a younger woman, struggling with motherhood. (Dakota Johnson)

In flashbacks, star on the rise Jesse Buckley plays Leda, trying to cope with her two adolescent daughters, and a burgeoning academic career.

For more info and insight on this excellent adult drama, listen to my podcast below.

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2 Comments on ““The Lost Daughter”: Film Review Podcast”

  1. 1 Sarah Okoon said at 6:25 pm on January 5th, 2022:

    I totally agree with your take on the film and the actors. In addition Colman’s rather uncomfortable interaction with most others and her focus on the doll reflected her still delayed adulthood rooted in her own mother’s treatment of her….an added motherhood theme. Also the symbolism in the film added to its impact…from rotted fruit to cicada to red dress etc…added to the deep experience. So much to flesh out in a stunning film.

  2. 2 Gail Sidney said at 10:44 am on January 9th, 2022:

    Thanks, Chuckles. Warm and compelling review. A little afraid to watch the film because I’m sure it will touch some nerves in re: my own single-parent/working mother life. But I admire Maggie Gyllenhal, too, and know the film will be worth the watch…


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