The Lost Daughter is a psychological drama written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal in her feature directorial debut, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. Olivia Colman also serves as an executive producer.  I found The Lost Daughter to be somewhat weird and boring. However, the subject it dealt with was profound and I felt any message that was being offered just got lost somewhere in the storytelling.

While on holiday in Greece, a middle-aged college professor, and noted translator, Leda Caruso (Olivia Coleman), meets Nina (Dakota Johnson), a young mother, after Nina’s three-year-old daughter Elena (Athena Martin) goes momentarily missing on the beach. Leda finds Elena and returns her to her mother (Nina), who expresses her growing exhaustion and unhappiness. Elena is upset after she loses her favorite doll, which Leda has secretly taken. In flashbacks, it is revealed that young Leda…

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