While on a summer holiday, middle-aged university professor Leda (Oscar® winner Olivia Colman) becomes transfixed by Nina (Dakota Johnson), a young mother. The chance encounter turns into an obsession that triggers memories of motherhood, career turns, and past loves. Soon, under the burning sun of the small coastal town, Leda’s darkest impulses and hidden truths emerge.
Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed novel, deftly channeling the book’s emotional energy through a sensibility entirely her own. Gyllenhaal enlists the sublime cinematography of Hélène Louvart and the brilliant cast, which also includes Jessie Buckley (WILD ROSE) as the young Leda and Peter Sarsgaard as Nina’s husband. Already buzzing with awards talk for Colman, Johnson and Buckley, THE LOST DAUGHTER is an uncompromising and brilliant directorial debut for Gyllenhaal, who herself is also generating awards chatter for her turn as director.
– Anderson Le