The Daughter

The Daughter ★★★★★

When the Sydney Film Festival program was announced, my wife had a browse through it and picked out this film. I didn't know much about it but I dutifully bought a couple of tickets and accompanied her to the State Theatre to see its world premiere. I am so glad that I did.

This is riveting Australian drama. Without giving too much away, this film is about an affair and the potential fallout that results. When someone has the right to know the brutal truth, to what purpose does revealing it serve. Should you rip asunder the peaceful fabric of everyone's happiness. Or should you maintain the lie in an effort to pragmatically maintain the peace. There is no easy answer to this question.

The psychological realism in this film is spot-on. The script and the acting are phenomenal and combine in a gut-wrenching visceral assault. My wife is a psychologist with a wealth of experience in counselling people with trauma and she said that this film rings true with what she has encountered in her work. That is enough for me to put a stamp of credibility on this film.

Simon Stone, the first-time director of the film, came out on stage after his debut screening for a Q&A session. You could sense just how passionate and curious he is about human nature and the trials and tribulations that we find ourselves having to deal with. I think that if people give this film as much love as I do, we will continue to see great things come from Simon Stone.

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