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First look at Olivia Colman in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut

Netflix has released the first trailer for haunting psychological drama, The Lost Daughter, which premieres in December.

The upcoming feature, based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 book of the same title, stars Olivia Colman as Leda, a middle-aged woman vacationing alone at a beach village in Greece and having flashbacks to her time as a young wife and mother (played by Jessie Buckley).

Maggie Gyllenhaal adapted the novel for the screen, and directed and produced the movie in her filmmaking debut. Netflix picked up the Venice-premiering feature and will stream it on Dec. 31. The film will screen in select theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 17.

The film won Best Screenplay for Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival, and echoes the themes in Ferrante’s other works, such as My Brilliant Friend.

In the trailer, Colman’s character, a comparative literature professor from Britain, meets Dakota Johnson’s young mother character, Nina, and tells her that “children are a crushing responsibility.” During the vacation she appears to struggle with her own state of mind and Greece has never looked so gloomy, reflecting, heavier themes such as dissection of misogyny, agism, and the delicate balance between guilt and insanity.

The film will no doubt be another vehicle for an incredible performance by Colman and may garner her a slew of best actress award nominations. And likely nods for Gyllenhaal, too. The reviews from respected publications such as The Evening Standard are already stellar.

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