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the lost daughter New film starring Irish actors Jessie Buckley and Paul Mescal scores 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

The film, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, is a psychological drama set in Greece


Jessie Buckley (Matt Crossick/PA)

Jessie Buckley (Matt Crossick/PA)

Jessie Buckley (Matt Crossick/PA)

Paul Mescal and Jessie Buckley’s new film has scored a perfect 100 per cent approval on movie website Rotten Tomatoes.

The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal and starring Olivia Coleman, has received ecstatic reviews from critics.

The story follows Leda, a British academic on a beach holiday in Greece, who becomes obsessed with another woman and her daughter.

She then begins having flashbacks about her past and how she reared her own children and her life slowly begins to fall apart.

Oscar and Golden Globe winning Coleman, star of The Crown, The Favourite and The Father, plays Leda and Kerry star Buckley is a young Leda in the multiple flashback scenes.

Mescal plays an Irish student Will who is working on the Greek island for the summer and who is very helpful but possibly has ulterior motives.

The Lost Daughter is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by author Elena Ferrante and is director Gyllenhaal’s first venture behind the cameras.

The movie was launched at the Venice Film Festival and has won top marks from twenty leading critics.

“Buckley is terrific, her performance meshing so perfectly with Colman's that it's easy to see the older woman within the younger one, and vice-versa,” said Time magazine.

The Times of London says: “Olivia Colman is on commanding form in this brilliantly unsettling Elena Ferrante adaptation by the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, making her feature directorial debut in some style.

“Leda, when first encountered, slightly flushed under a beach umbrella, appears to be settling into a lazy Greek summer of sunbathing and tentative flirting with beach boy Will, played by Paul Mescal (Normal People) in a fabulously sleazy turn. All plans are upturned, however, with the arrival of the mysterious Nina.”

Deadline says: “You simply cannot say enough about the performance of Colman here, one so deep and immersive, its most revealing moments consisting of no words but only a heartbreakingly expressive face of a woman in a private crisis of conscience.

"It is Colman’s show all the way, and further indication if you needed it that she is one of the greats.

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“Buckley, in sharing the role, is also again demonstrating her extraordinary range.”

Director Glyllenhaal, who starred in Mona Lisa Smile and The Dark Knight, said she was a huge fan of the book and its tale of troubled motherhood.

“We’re never told the darkest, most painful and shameful feelings that I think everybody feels while parenting,” she said.

“Parenting pushes you to the edge. Parenting stretches you in places you have never been before.

“So how could it not include — along with the joy, the ecstasy, the massive happiness — all the other colours of the rainbow? The terror, the anxiety.”

The Lost Daughter also stars Dakota Johnson as Nina, the mother Leda becomes obsessed with, and Peter Sarsgaard as a professor.

The film will be released in cinemas in December for a limited run and will hit Netflix on December 31.

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