The Eternal Daughter

Great Britain, Ireland, United States 2022
96 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Joanna Hogg
Screenplay: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Carly-Sophia Davies, Joseph Mydell
Production: Ed Guiney, Emma Norton, Andrew Lowe, Joanna Hogg / Element Pictures, A24, BBC
Print Source: Scanbox Entertainment

There’s real intimacy and emotional generosity to this psychological mystery from Joanna Hogg – a personal movie which appears to come from the same universe as her earlier Souvenir Films – or one very much like it. It’s a ghost story whose purpose is something other than scaring you, a film about the enigma of your parents’ lives, their unknowable existences before you were born and indeed after you were born; that feeling that your parents are simultaneously as familiar as a pair of old slippers and yet also a Sphinx-riddle, withholding from you the meaning of your life and death. [--] Tilda Swinton gives a touching and wittily differentiated doppelgänger performance as a film-maker who brings her elderly mother to a country house hotel for her birthday – the hotel was once in fact a private estate where her mum spent time as a little girl.

Peter Bradshaw / The Guardian