The gripping family drama The Daughter, by the famous theatrical director Simon Stone, is based on Henrik Ibsen’s play The Wild Duck. The setting is an isolated, picturesque Australian village surrounded by endless woods.
Christian returns to his family’s home after years in America for the marriage of his father, Henry, to the much younger Anna. The reunion of father and son is awkward. Shortly before the wedding Christian visits his childhood friend Oliver, meeting his wife, Charlotte. An innocent remark about Charlotte leads him to the shocking discovery of a deeply buried family secret. Tormented by memories of his deceased mother and unlucky in love, Christian resolves to end the lies…
With The Daughter Simon Stone makes an impressive film debut, building suspense and emotional impact in a way that moves the viewer. His film asks interesting questions about a lie disrupting the truth – and life. The Guardian compares the film with the work of Jane Campion (The Piano), and that is a big compliment.
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