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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: INVENTING ANNA (2022)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
BINGEABLE: MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (2021)
BINGEABLE: SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE (2022-)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: STATION ELEVEN (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (2021)
BINGEABLE: THE GREAT (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: THE THING ABOUT PAM (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2022)
BINGEABLE: TOKYO VICE (2022)
BINGEABLE: UNDERCURRENT: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF KIM WALL (2022)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COWBOY BEBOP (1998)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SHOOTING (1966)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BOSS LEVEL
C’MON C’MON
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LICORICE PIZZA
NEW FLICKS: ANTLERS
NEW FLICKS: ARMY OF THIEVES
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: DON’T LOOK UP
NEW FLICKS: ENCOUNTER
NEW FLICKS: FINCH
NEW FLICKS: FRESH
NEW FLICKS: I WANT YOU BACK
NEW FLICKS: KATE
NEW FLICKS: KIMI
NEW FLICKS: RED NOTICE
NEW FLICKS: RIDERS OF JUSTICE
NEW FLICKS: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
NEW FLICKS: THE FOREVER PRISONER (2021)
NEW FLICKS: THE NORTHMAN
NEW FLICKS: VIVARIUM
NINE DAYS
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (2021)
PIG
SOUL
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE HARDER THEY FALL
THE LOST CITY
THE LOST DAUGHTER
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE POWER OF THE DOG
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE TENDER BAR
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MARE OF EASTTOWN
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO (2017)
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-present)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)
YOU WON’T BE ALONE

‘The Lost Daughter’ is a rumination on parental guilt

THE LOST DAUGHTER

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THE LOST DAUGHTER


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

In her feature-length debut, writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal helms this story about a woman confronting her past, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Italian author Elena Ferrante. Olivia Coleman stars as Leda, a middle-aged college professor on a solo beachside holiday in Greece. She begins to unravel emotionally when another guest, Nina (Dakota Johnson), and Nina’s daughter, Elena (Athena Martin), remind Leda of her own troubled relationship with her daughters, Bianca (Robyn Elwell) and Martha (Ellie Blake), when they were children. Through flashbacks, with Jessie Buckley as a young Leda, we begin to learn of Leda’s long repressed parental guilt. The film is nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay for Gyllenhaal, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Coleman, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Buckley. (121 min.)

Glen: Maggie Gyllenhaal is an amazing actress, but aside from writing and directing the first episode of the TV series Homemade in 2020, she hasn’t been behind the camera, which is why I’m blown away at how skillfully constructed this story is and how deftly directed. It’s very much an art house film, a psychological examination of parenthood set in a sunny seaside Greek village. It’s a quiet respite for Leda until a boisterous extended family arrives at the resort. At first Leda is annoyed, but a child becomes lost, and as the frantic family searches for her, Leda saves the day by finding her somewhere down the beach. Soon she and this child’s mother, Nina, develop a relationship, and Leda begins to ruminate on her early relationship with her daughters, unearthing buried guilt and leading Leda into aberrant behavior. I felt both sorry for her and … WTF are you doing, weirdo!

Anna: Shame and guilt can lead to some very odd and desperate choices, and that’s certainly the case here. Coleman blows me away as an actress and delivers, once again, a stunning performance. Complicated and disconnected, Leda demands solitude and doesn’t feel the need to please others. Her fascination with Nina’s obvious struggle with her young daughter is our gateway into Leda’s past, which she seems to be trying to escape. It paints the picture of the less-than-rosy side of parenting, the way children can bleed a parent dry of patience and energy, and the burden—especially on a mother—of laying aside a career or passion to raise her family. It’s definitely an art house film, and by the sizable distinction in critic (95 percent) and audience scores (48 percent) on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that it may have gotten just a little too odd for a lot of the general public. However, I’ve got to side with the critics on this one. I thought it was a brilliant and fascinating film.

Glen: Coleman is a terrific actress, but I liked Buckley even more. I wasn’t familiar with her until I saw Wild Rose (2018), about a Scottish single mother, recently out of prison, who dreams of becoming a Nashville country star. She’s made some interesting choices, like the Charlie Kaufman-directed film I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020). She plays selfish in a very subtle, believable way. This is a very female-centric story. Johnson’s great at the enigmatic Nina, and Dagmara Dominczyk was brash and domineering as the boisterous family matriarch. The men in the story are secondary, but with Ed Harris and Peter Sarsgaard, there’s plenty of talent in the mix. It’s a strange story that ends in a very unexpected way, but if you’re tired of superhero movies, it’s a breath of fresh air. 

Anna: I’m a big fan of Buckley as well, and she brings a wonderful dynamic to Leda’s character. This is one of those films that seems to want to make its audience just a little bit uncomfortable, and it does that. There is just something so unexplainable about Leda and her actions, also the fact that she is unapologetically rather odd. She doesn’t seem to be someone who wants more human connection, yet we see in some ways how she is so desperate for it. I don’t know that I could say you are going to have a ton of fun watching this film—it is emotional and sometimes frustrating, but Buckley and Coleman and the cast around them really are impressive. This film is about choice and consequence, for good or bad, and how that shapes our lives and our future selves. Watch this one when you have time to pay attention; the magic is in some very subtle moments with these actors.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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What type of vegetable would you grow in a free community garden?

Brussel Sprouts, they are the best.
Broccoli because it can go with any meal.
Tomatoes, although I think those are technically a fruit.
French fries!

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