Eternal Daughter, The: Joanna Hogg (NYFF 2022)

The Eternal Daughter

Joanna Hogg, 2022, U.K./U.S., 96m

One gloomy night, a middle-aged filmmaker and her elderly mother arrive at a fog-enshrouded hotel in the English countryside. An ominously brusque clerk, an apparent lack of other guests, and disturbing sounds from the room above theirs bode a less-than-welcome arrival.

Yet all is not what it seems on this increasingly emotional trip into the past for these two women, one of whom has definitely been here before.

Joanna Hogg, best known for her mesmerizing feature, The Souvenir, and its sequel, is among today’s foremost filmmakers.

Here she uses this Victorian gothic scenario for an entirely surprising, impeccably crafted, and, finally, overwhelming excavation of a parent-child relationship and the impulse toward artistic creation.

Tilda Swinton, in a performance of rich, endless surprise, turns in one of the most remarkable acting feats in her already astonishing four decadencareer.

An A24 release.