The Lost Daughter: in this drama, Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t shy away from the fact that most of her characters are unsympathetic, but then again, they must be so if one wants to look at this side of motherhood. That makes for a film that is both a bit hard to watch and interesting. The performances are wonderful: Olivia Colman plays the unlikeable professor with a constant chip on her shoulder that grows increasingly distressed; Jessie Buckley, as the younger version of the same character, gets to be both softer and more abrasive than the older version and she is very convincing at both tones. Cinematographer Hélène Louvart’s gentle handheld camera gives the images a sense of immediacy and intimacy, but never the warmth one would expect of a beach in Greece during the summer. Editor Affonso Gonçalves bounces between timelines in a way that makes emotional sense.
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