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The Daughter (2017)


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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 (41) | Top Critics (5)

It's a bit like an Australian soap opera, but low-key and true-to-life.

July 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

After a slow build, the final act picks up the pace but director Simon Stone shows his hand too early. Still, it's chilling to watch the wreckage pile up.

June 30, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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Beautifully acted, if a little overcooked.

May 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Theater director Simon Stone delivers a powerful, low-key yet achingly intense reimagining of Ibsen's 'The Wild Duck.'

August 31, 2015 | Full Review…
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The performances are uniformly affecting, particularly by Ewen Leslie as Oliver, whose decency makes the pain he endures all the more wrenching. Or it would, if you believed any of it.

August 20, 2015 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Rush's sturdy supporting acting -- you can see the man holding back his skills to let the other actors shine -- can't counterbalance Christian's tendency to blow up.

December 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Daughter

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
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