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The Daughter

Directed by Simon Stone

Australia, 2015

HOME, 1 June 2016

The Daughter

There is a lot of intense emotion swirling around in Simon Stone’s free Ibsen adaptation, set in a small Australian town.

This is a precarious world, economically uncertain (a factory closing down, large scale redundancies) and fraught with difficulty. And the human bonds, those relations that are meant to keep the predatory world at bay, they too are subject to doubt: infidelity, betrayal.

The performances are good to excellent, wholly believable. You look at these people, so flawed and vulnerable, and you think: how careless they are with those they love, what damage they cause. You forgive them, though, because all are wounded.

Stone has made a film of searing emotional power and lyrical intensity. Good on him.