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The Daughter

Drawing together a dream ensemble cast that includes 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. Building on his theatrical modus operandi of modernising 19th-century Russian texts, he reimagines for the screen his hugely successful stage adaptation of Ibsens 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 fathers wedding. He finds the world he knew pushed into a deepening decline hastened by his fathers recent closure of the local saw-mill. His return brings with it the unravelling of a deep rooted family secret that threatens to break apart the lives of the few remaining townspeople, and those once closest to him. The film mines Ibsens themes of class and sexual division to suggest they are still painfully real in the contemporary world.  TW

Year: 2015
Genre: Drama, Australian Film
Country: Australia
Director: Simon Stone
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill, Odessa Young
Duration: 96 Minutes
Rating: M - Sex scenes and offensive language
6.6/10
Location in store: Australian Film

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