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The Lost Daughter | 2021 | R | – 6.4.9

content-ratingsWhy is “The Lost Daughter” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sexual content/nudity and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of sex scenes with partial nudity, a masturbation scene and several kissing scenes, people searching for missing children, several arguments and threatening behavior, an unspecified illness that causes dizzy spells, and over 40 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A woman (Olivia Colman) on vacation on a Greek island finds it difficult to distract herself from painful memories. Also with Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Dagmara Dominczyk, Paul Mescal, Jack Farthing, Robyn Elwell, Ellie Mae Blake, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Panos Koronis. Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. [Running Time: 2:01]

The Lost Daughter SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A man and a woman have sex: he thrusts, they moan and the man seems to climax before the woman and she seems disappointed (the woman’s’ bare breasts, back and buttocks are visible). A man and a woman have sex, they pant and moan and he touches between her legs. A woman masturbates while sitting in a chair (we see her bare legs) and her young daughter interrupts her. A man tells a woman that he wants to go to bed with her but that it looks like she is married so she will have to initiate it; she kisses him and touches his chest, they lie back on a flight of stairs while kissing and she wraps her leg around his waist. A woman lies in a bed as a man sits on the side of the bed and dresses (sex is implied).
 A man and a woman kiss passionately on a beach. A man and a woman kiss while hiding and a woman sees them. Men and women dance together on a beachfront patio and one man and woman dance closely.
 A man asks a woman if she would loan him and another woman (she’s married to another man) her place for a couple of hours (sex is implied). Several teen boys barge into a movie theater and make suggestive remarks to the actress onscreen. A wife argues with her husband and slaps herself on the buttocks when talking to him about sex. Teen boys seem to be trying to flirt with a woman and a few give one boy a hard time for trying to talk to her (she does not respond). A woman leans over a man’s shoulder and whispers, “Bellisimo” in his ear, and then walks away embarrassed. A woman talks to a man about her daughters and about their breast size and breast implants. A man remarks about another man propositioning a woman at a reception. A woman says that her husband has described her breasts as being the size of his hand.
 Women wear swimsuits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, backs, legs and buttocks in several beach scenes. A woman wears a robe that reveals cleavage in several scenes.

The Lost Daughter VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A woman yells at another woman, telling her to “Watch your back” and stabs her in the abdomen with a hatpin (we see some blood).
 Many people search for a young girl when she goes missing from a beach (she is found unharmed). A woman flashes back to searching for her young daughter and we do not hear or see what transpired. A group of teenage boys loudly run onto a beach and splash in the water, enter a movie theater loudly disrupting the movie in another scene and a woman becomes upset and calls for the usher to keep them quiet; she threatens to cut off a part of their anatomy and feed them to them like peanuts.
 A woman drives along a dark road at night, and she swerves across the lanes and off the road (she is unharmed). A boat speeds toward a beach where many people are swimming and they rush to get out of the water. A group of people arrives at a beachfront party and look at a woman threateningly; a man tells her that she had better leave and she does nervously. Several men watch a woman and seem threatening in several scenes.
 A woman says that she abandoned her young daughters and didn’t see them for three years. A husband pleads with his wife not to leave him and their two daughters. A woman asks another woman to move to another chair farther down the beach and the woman refuses; the first woman then becomes upset. A husband and his wife argue about taking care of their two children. A woman tells another woman that children are a “crushing responsibility.” A woman advises her daughter over the phone that her hair will get really dry when you dye it so much. A man makes a remark to a woman about doing them a favor and they would do one for her in return (he seems threatening). A woman says that her daughter is “freaking out” after losing her doll. A young girl pleads with her mother to kiss her finger where she cut herself (the woman cleans up the wound but does not kiss it). A man warns a woman not to cross some people and says, “They’re bad people.” A woman reaches out toward a young girl and she slaps at her hand; the child’s mother scolds her and tries to put her down but she won’t let her. A young girl hits her mother in the head and then on the face and the woman yells at her saying, “I don’t want to see you right now” and puts her on a bed as punishment; she slams a glass door and the glass breaks. A woman stands on a counter and searches in cabinets, throwing things on the floor trying to find something. A man talks about his children and seems sad not to have spent time with them. A woman says that if her husband found out about her having an affair, he would cut her throat. A woman gets a call from a caretaker saying that her daughter has chicken pox and a fever. A young girl cries incessantly after losing her doll.
 A woman walks on a beach at night and collapses, unconscious; we see this scene a couple of times and she awakens later seemingly fine. A woman seems to get dizzy and stumbles back into a store display knocking things to the floor. A woman goes pale, rests her head on a man’s shoulder and falls asleep. A woman walks on a path from a beach and we hear a loud thud when she is struck on the back by something falling from a tree; we later see a large bruise and cut on her back. A young girl says that her mother needs her medicine. A woman becomes angry with her daughter and throws a doll out of the window (we see it break to pieces when it hits the ground).
 Someone rings a woman’s doorbell late at night and when she goes to investigate, she cannot see anyone. A lighthouse blares and lights flash through the window of a nearby apartment. A locust buzzes and sits on a pillow next to a woman sleeping; she pokes it and carries the bug outside unharmed.
 A woman cleans slimy goo out of a doll’s mouth and a long millipede crawls out and across the doll’s face. A woman holds a doll against her shoulder and we see goo on her blouse from the doll’s mouth. A woman leans over while walking and seems ill. A woman finds moldy and discolored fruit in a bowl in an apartment. A young girl brushes her mother’s hair and the woman exclaims when she hurts her.

The Lost Daughter LANGUAGE 9

 – About 41 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 5 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk, dodgy, finicky, uptight, idiot, sick, selfish, lazy, scary, fatso, spacey, crazy, terrible, mean, cruel, ridiculous, rough, stupid), exclamations (whoo, ow, ouch, freaking out, oh my goodness, oh dear, wow, phew, oh my goodness), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, God, Jesus, thank God). | profanity glossary |

The Lost Daughter SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman finishes a drink in one gulp (it’s not clear what it is), a man and a woman drink wine at a restaurant, men drink beer on the beach in several scenes, people drink wine with a meal, a man and a woman drink wine in an apartment, and people drink wine at a reception. A man smokes on a balcony.

The Lost Daughter DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Parenting, infidelity, guilt, trust, freedom, tyranny, doubt, estranged families.

The Lost Daughter MESSAGE

 – It’s hard to run away from some mistakes.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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