The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter ★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

Movies that capture parenthood in a new or unique always grab my attention. This movie did a fantastic job at capturing the anxiety and frustrations without pulling punches. The scary but real fact that some people become parents and realize they were happier without them is hard to accept and often scarier for a movie to hold up to an audience. As someone without kids it was thought provoking. If you had kids, this could really mess you up.

Olivia Colman was great. Dakota Johnson spent most of the movie acting through gazes, stares, and squints, but still delivered a good performance. Jessie Buckley was terrific in the flashbacks.

The only thing that really held this movie back for me was the "powerful family" dynamic. This looming threat of violence felt a bit too much and detracted from what was already a tense drama. The ending also felt verrrrry rushed.

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