Leda (Colman) is a woman nearing 50, luxuriating alone in a quiet seaside spot in Greece, when a brash American family arrives. She’s disturbed by their presumptuous and aggressive-if-crossed takeover of the beach, but fascinated by a stunning young mum amongst them (Johnson) with a clingy child. When the daughter momentarily gets lost, the two women connect.
It’s a simple encounter, but below the surface lies a tangled and messy human tale of how some women don’t relish motherhood, a story about putting your own needs first and the consequences of that. Director Maggie Gyllenhaal confidently shifts between present and past - with Jessie Buckley brilliant as a young Leda – all beautifully captured by director of photography Hélène Louvart (Happy as Lazzaro, Rocks). As psychologically rich as a great book, Gyllenhaal crafts scenes of pleasure, regret, mystery and peril, always offering a thrilling sense of not knowing exactly what will happen next.
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