Narrative Feature | 121 minutes

HIFF 2021


Directed by
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Produced by
Charlie Dorfman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler

Written by
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dagmara Dominczyk, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Paul Mescal, Alba Rohrwacher

2021 | English | USA/Greece/UK/Israel

Adapted from Elena Ferrante’s novel, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s extraordinary directorial debut follows celebrated academic Leda (Olivia Colman), whose seaside holiday takes a sinister turn upon the arrival of a mysterious family. Observing the raucous clan, Leda quickly develops a dangerous fixation on young mother Nina (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter—unearthing long-buried memories and forcing Leda to face the consequences of her own unconventional choices. Grounded by Colman’s fearlessly complex performance, THE LOST DAUGHTER is an electrifying, unpredictable tale about the terror, confusion, and intensity of motherhood.