The Daughter
Australia, 2015, 96 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Simon Stone, Not Rated, Kino Lorber
Description

Drawing together a dream ensemble cast that includes Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto and incendiary teenage newcomer Odessa Young, The Daughter is the feature debut of acclaimed Australian stage director Simon Stone. He reimagines for the screen his hugely successful stage adaptation of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, updated to 21st-century small town Australia. Paul Schneider is Christian, a prodigal son returning after many years to his rural hometown for his father's wedding. He finds the world he knew pushed into a deepening decline hastened by his father's recent closure of the local sawmill. His return brings with it the unraveling of a deep-rooted family secret that threatens to break apart the lives of the remaining townspeople and those once closest to him. The film mines Ibsen's themes of class and sexual division to suggest they are still painfully real in the contemporary world. While dysfunction and deception lie at the core of The Daughter, there is hope too, with each of the characters imagining something better - a future unencumbered by the sins and betrayals of the past.