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The Daughter (2017)

The Daughter (2017)



Critic Consensus: With The Daughter, debuting writer-director Simon Stone turns Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck into a thoughtful meditation on the bonds of family, friendship, and community.

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After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that's been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver's family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). When Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community, particularly Oliver's family, and the subsequent fissures release bitter secrets.

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Geoffrey Rush
as Henry Neilson
Ewen Leslie
as Oliver Finch
Paul Schneider
as Christian Neilson
Miranda Otto
as Charlotte Finch
Odessa Young
as Hedvig Finch
Sam Neill
as Walter Finch
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Critic Reviews for The Daughter

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (12)

As any kind of introduction to Ibsen, this film is more a turnoff than a turn-on.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
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Made with taste, skill and discretion, "The Daughter" demonstrates both the staying power of classic material and the risks inherent in bringing it up to date.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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While the acting draws us into the story, it plays like a daytime soap opera with really good actors and Australian accents.

February 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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The Daughter offers a good but sadly wasted cast, obscured in the eye-rubbing mist of a foggy Down Under countryside and struggling to rise above the sludge of a basic soap opera with literary pretensions.

February 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Observer
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The off-kilter handheld camerawork frequently chases after the figures as they move about. But there is no disguising that there's much more talk than action in The Daughter.

January 27, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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The characters don't have conversations so much as helpfully recite their back stories, and the long-buried secret is soon so obvious that the movie's last-act hysteria feels forced and a little ridiculous.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Times
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I wanted to see this one at the cinema, so I was excited when the library got the DVD in. What can I say. Well acted, well made. Horrible ending. I think this is a movie that should have tied up a bit better at the end. Not saying it should have a happy ending necessarily,but I would have preferred for it to show one one way or the other. I felt most sorry for Hedvig, the teenage daughter, the boyfriend and that ending. Argh.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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