The Lost Daughter movie review: Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a tender directorial debut with a thematically dense adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novel.

 ‘The Lost Daughter’ marks the directorial debut of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and it can be said that it’s a stunning debut in style.

It’s a complex film owing to the complexity of its characters, but it gradually hooks and engages the audience for the length. 

This film is more of a psychological drama where Leda (played by Olivia Colman) is at its core.

The narrative navigates between the past and the present and both the timelines are in perfect sync with each other.

The scenes between Olivia Colman and Ed Harris (Lyle, the caretaker of the property) have turned out extremely natural and are endearing.

This film salutes the power of women and three cheers to Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Colman, Jessica Buckley, and Elane Ferrante for weaving magic.

The Lost Daughter is a complex story about motherhood that makes the bold decision to not offset the potentially alienating drama by introducing the perspective of Leda’s daughters. Nor does it litigate her for abdication of her motherly duties.

The Lost Daughter cast – Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard

The Lost Daughter rating – 4.5 star