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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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The film was directed by Simon Stone, who also directed a live theatre production of 'The Wild Duck', Henrik Ibsen's play which is the basis for this adaptation. Ewen Leslie (who plays Oliver) was in the original stage production as Hjalmar (the character which Oliver is based on). 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 (1970) See more »


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Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Polyphony, conducted by Stephen Layton
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The Daughter: why would you call your daughter 'Hedvig'?
29 August 2016 | by niutta-enricoSee all my reviews

Henrik Ibsen has been a great Scandinavian playwright, very well known until the 80s in most Western Countries. Currently his (great) works are played less often and the man is less known.

So I won't be surprised if someone watched the present film unaware that its beautiful plot was taken from one of his masterpieces: 'Vildanden', published more than a Century ago.

The young Simon Stone showed a great deal of talent and very good taste in changing the story to make it more interesting and fitting with modern times (and Australia). Until I heard the name 'Hedvig' (only name left unchanged from the original play, a nice touch…) I didn't recognize the source.

He made a very clever choice: on a soundest plot he built a catching movie, full of passion and realism, enhanced by great performances.

I won't tell anything about the changes he made: for those who know the original, you won't know if the ending is changed. For the others: enjoy.

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