The Daughter

The Daughter

DVD - 2017
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After a fifteen-year absence, Christian returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry, 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 and finds himself drawn to Oliver's family, which includes wife Charlotte, daughter Hedvig, and father-in-law Walte. Unexpectedly, Christian discovers a secret that could tear Oliver's family apart.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Kino Lorber,, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Daugh
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board rating - 14A


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Mar 02, 2020

Searing, compelling and very painful to the end, if you like that kind of thing—and I do.

Feb 01, 2020

Really wanted to like this film. The actors tried hard. Unfortunately the characters were so improbable, the drama so overdone, and the writing so ham-handed that we ended up laughing with a mixture of disbelief and sympathy for everyone involved in this thing. What can one say about a film with such a good cast where the best-written character is a duck? Couldn't help thinking of this clip for much of the film:

May 19, 2018

Perhaps IBSEN wrote an intriguing story on which this was based (the Wild Duck), but it has an absolutely horrible ending, especially given how much it descends into darkness. I am disappointed I expended the time on it.

Jan 12, 2018

the absolute worst ending ever!

Dec 31, 2017

I enjoyed this movie in spite of its feel of over dramatic melodrama. It felt like pieces put together.

Dec 06, 2017

A psychological drama on “life-lie” based on “The Wild Duck,” an 1884 play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Thought provoking on truth telling – never cover up a lie even if revealing the reality could be detrimental to innocents involved, or better to live the lie if no one is hurt in the process? Not a pleasant watch that all the female characters had to suffer because of the boys and men.

Nov 06, 2017

Loosely adapted from Ibsen's 'The Wild Duck', this is a skeletons-in-the-family-closet drama that deserves watching for its ambition rather than for what it actually achieves. The film is overlong, with some purposeless scenes that add nothing and should have been cut. But the big flaw is the motivation of the character who 'reveals the truth'. In Ibsen's play that character's motivation is central to the meaning of the drama. Here we don't really know why he goes ahead and tells all. Maybe his own emotional failures make the continued happiness of others too hard to take? Maybe he hates his father enough to pull out the old skeletons? Or maybe he's just a miserable little sh*t? Anyhow, it's a harrowing tale that the audience grasps before the actors on the screen do. But whatever it's drawbacks, 'Daughter' passes the critical test for a decent film: you begin to discuss it as soon as the end credits start to roll. Worth seeing.

Sep 12, 2017

Didn't finish watching it.

Aug 27, 2017

The disappointment of seeing some very famous actors participating in a dreadful film.
The script was a clunky cobbling together of cliché after cliché.
The direction was poor.
The writing was amateurish.
A dud movie, not worth 10 minutes of your time, though, I kept hoping it would improve, but, after 20 minutes, turned it off.

Jun 16, 2017

Amazing acting, directing and cinematography. Unfortunately, for me, the story was just too depressing.

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Dec 06, 2017

He deserves to know. You do not need to be scared of the truth
You don't think it's cruel to let him keep living that lie?
-You've seen our family. Do you think there's something wrong with the way that we live? Please just leave us alone. We're happy. Just let us be.
Stay out of our lives!
I can't trust her again.
-Of course you can. That was a long time ago. You were different people then.
Everyone's got a story like this, Oliver. It's as old as the hills.

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