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Netflix‘s The Lost Daughter marks star Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directorial debut. The film attracted a lot of attention after its premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Osella award for Best Screenplay. The big streaming platforms acquiring films are making it even more difficult for moviegoers to track where to watch movies, particularly during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic landscape. So, where can you watch The Lost Daughter?

What is the story of ‘The Lost Daughter?’

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The Lost Daughter is based on Elena Ferrante’s novel with the same title. Gyllenhaal acquired the rights, wrote the screenplay, and directed the film. She brought in an all-star cast with Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ed Harris. Netflix acquired distribution rights to The Lost Daughter in August 2021.

Leda (Colman) goes on a seaside vacation alone. She sees a young mother and her daughter on the beach, which brings back memories of her own motherhood. Leda is forced to confront the demons of her past as a result of the unconventional choices that she made as a young mother. The consequences begin to boil to the surface.

‘The Lost Daughter’ is going to theaters and Netflix

Netflix is marketing The Lost Daughter for more than just the moviegoing public. The big names attached to this project have garnered plenty of attention to the film. However, Netflix has its eyes set on awards season. There are bigger Hollywood titles that have collected awards attention, but The Lost Daughter has built its momentum through the film festival circuit and on social media.

Netflix’s The Lost Daughter press release officially announced that the film releases in the United States theaters on Dec. 17. Next, it will be streaming on the Netflix streaming platform beginning Dec. 31 at 12:00 AM PST. Gyllenhaal is ecstatic to have Netflix distribute her feature directorial debut.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix again,” Gyllenhaal said. “They have supported so much of the work I am most proud of, and this is no exception.  Netflix has consistently championed filmmakers that excite and inspire me and I’m delighted to be included in that company.” 

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Netflix’s The Lost Daughter had a huge night at the Gotham Awards. The film walked away with Best Feature, the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award, Best Screenplay, and Colman shared the Outstanding Lead Performance award with The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain‘s Frankie Faison. These earned awards should elate The Lost Daughter‘s production team and will likely help Netflix in its marketing efforts.

Audiences who are interested in seeing Netflix’s The Lost Daughter will have the opportunity to do so in theaters and on the streaming platform. Both options will be available in December, regardless of which method they decide on. The awards season is still ongoing and analysts will have to wait and see how The Lost Daughter could continue to make noise.