Gyllenhaal has directed and written the film, an adaptation of the 2006 book of the same name by pseudonymous Italian novelist Elena Ferrante. The plot follows Leda (Colman), a woman who, while on a seaside vacation, becomes consumed by a young mother and daughter she sees on the beach. While finding herself unnerved by the relationship between the two, as well as their troubling extended family, Leda makes an impulsive decision that pushes her to face the memories of her own terrifying and intense experiences during early motherhood.
It’s a well-crafted trailer, teasing an overall unsettling experience, while being careful not to unveil much in the way of plot. Strong early reviews have been coming from the film’s festival circuit run thus far, including acclaim for the classy cast, which includes Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Mescal, and Dagmara Dominczyk.
The Lost Daughter will have a limited theatrical release in the United States beginning on December 17th, before streaming on Netflix from December 31st.