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The Eternal Daughter

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For fans of Tilda Swinton, Joanna Hogg, Gothic ghost stories, slow burn liminal spaces in the world and mind
By: Gareth Jones

The extraordinary collaboration between Tilda Swinton and Joanna Hogg resumes with this immersive story that continues the exploration of relationships between mothers and daughters started in The Souvenir and The Souvenir II.  The gauzy cinematography of Ed Rutherford with saturated greens, blues, and reds builds a remarkable atmosphere.  The film is a tour-de-force for Swinton as she plays both the daughter and her mother who are returning to the family home (now a hotel) to hopefully develop a film from the mother’s stories.  There are only two other roles in the film that provide some levity and sincerity to balance the challenging relationship between the mother and daughter.  The sound design and score complement the images, building atmosphere and tension.  This is not your standard ghost story, but it resonates with anyone who has experienced the gradual and unstoppable loss of a parent. Available in theaters and to stream on Amazon

Written by: Gareth Jones

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