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The Daughter (2015)

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The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.


Simon Stone


Simon Stone, Henrik Ibsen (inspired by "The Wild Duck")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Henry
Nicholas Hope ... Peterson
Sam Neill ... Walter
Ewen Leslie ... Oliver
Richard Sutherland ... Craig
Paul Schneider ... Christian
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Taxi Driver
Anna Torv ... Anna
Eden Falk Eden Falk ... Caterer
Odessa Young ... Hedvig
Miranda Otto ... Charlotte
Gareth Davies ... Greg
Wilson Moore ... Adam
Ivy Mak ... Grace
Kate Box ... Julieanne


Set in the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry's (Rush) wedding. Reconnecting with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie) and Oliver's family, wife Charlotte (Otto) and daughter Hedvig (Young), he unearths a long-buried secret. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

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Did You Know?


Steve Rodgers made a brief appearance in this film as the Head Master. This appearance is a small cameo, as he also appeared in a stage production of 'The Wild Duck' at the Perth Festival in 2016, as 'Hjalmar'. He was replacing Ewen Leslie who plays 'Oliver' in the film. See more »


When Hedvig returns the shotgun to the shed, the narrator says "She unlocks a safe and places the rifle inside". This is despite the fact that the narrator has referred to the gun as a 'shotgun' in all the previous scenes. See more »


Version of Vildanden (1963) See more »


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A wild and wounded duck witnesses human inter...actions
17 March 2016 | by mmunierSee all my reviews

Perhaps I was not in the mood for it, went to watch "the daughter" after a coin toss with the alternative to be "the lady in the van". After reading the account of a Canadian here I was wondering if we saw the same thing! Yet all that was said was very much what I saw (save some early parts when I closed my eyes out of boredom) Some may say it was only my loss and they may be right, however that's how I felt. The inspiration for this film I'm told is a Danish work "the wild duck". Well the duck did it for me. As for the rest, so much can be written about it, or simply it can just be an every day sad story about things going wrong when people stop caring for each others. Yet I was surprised to be quite moved at some of the acting despite the lack of interest I seemed to have for the story. I guess I may be on my own with this assessment if I go by most others comment. In all fairness I have to state again that I can't follow a dialog that is not clear and loud enough so perhaps it's a little like reading a book with every third word missing and certainly affects my appreciation of movies when its dialog is crucial for the plot.

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27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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