Watch: The Eternal Daughter 2022 123movies, Full Movie Online – In this ghost story from acclaimed filmmaker Joanna Hogg, a middle-aged daughter and her elderly mother must confront long-buried secrets when they return to their former family home, a once-grand manor that has become a nearly vacant hotel brimming with mystery..
Plot: An artist and her elderly mother confront long-buried secrets when they return to a former family home, now a hotel haunted by its mysterious past.
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|6.1/10 Votes: 1,044
|95% | RottenTomatoes
|79/100 | MetaCritic
|N/A Votes: 5 Popularity: 15.924 | TMDB
Drab Bland Pretentious Nonsense
I feel like I must be living in some kind of alternate reality because it’s got a 95% from critics and I thought it was awful. Boring. Not because it’s slowburn, but because it never burns at all.
The premise here is that Tilda Swinton takes her elderly mother to a rural historic hotel in the countryside for her birthday, as it was a hotel she hadn’t been to since she was a child and supposedly had happy memories off. The hook is that Tilda Swinton plays both characters. The movie has them go through the most impossibly drab daily motions of breakfast, dog walks and dinner all while having menial conversations about nothing, often with the daughter breaking down in tears anytime they have even the slightest brush with an argument. Throughout the film it constantly prods at you with bumps in the night, ghosts in the windows, but without it ever escalating. Tilda Swinton is more perturbed than disturbed by any of it. It never escalates or feels like it’s going anywhere until it reveals the twist you saw coming about 5 minutes into the film and then the movie ends.
I feel obligated to note, I have no issue with twists being surface level as long as the writing and dialog are compelling. Thats where this movie really fails. I like Tilda Swinton. I watched this movie for Tilde Swinton. The dialog she is given never raises above ordering coffee at wafflehouse and the pointless attempts at tricking the viewer into thinking the twist was anything else than what it obviously was at the start of the film are beyond tiresome. I kept pondering why I’m watching this film, constantly waiting for an intriguing discussion or some fascinating character reveal. I was desperately bored despite literally coming for this. I did not cut out my day to see ghosts banging pots and pans or see Tilda Swinton turn into a monster. I came for a slowburn horror mystery. The only thing this film burned was my patience.
0/10 pretentious nonsense.
Gothic language games
As any of the reviews on here make clear, if you are looking for a standard supernatural or slasher fare, keep looking: this is a psychological thriller quite far out on the psychological end of the spectrum, or to be entirely fair, it is not much of a thriller at all. What it does, and does well enough, is memorialize an upper-class English femininity that has largely vanished–genteel, affectionately distant, articulately banal, and decked in Liberty prints.
The whole production is highly minimalistic and grainy (shot analogue perhaps?). It is scored and paced like an ancient artifact, with the entirety of its (modest) ‘thrills’ provided by creaking floor boards, banging shutters and howling Welsh winds.
The movie’s main achievement is doubtlessly its dialogues, which are tryingly realistic: ever-courteous but echoingly empty, interminably circuiting around one or two unspoken questions that are never truly answered (or formulated). Details suggest, the script was perhaps built on recordings of actual English small-talk ‘in the wild’.
Swinton masterfully upholds both sides of the bargain, but is that enough to make the experience worth your time? Perhaps for a small minority: those have seen enough of this peculiar cast of mind to recognize it as a dying breed, and seen little enough to still find it interesting. I count myself among the elects, but even then this was a long, *slow* and sometimes frustrating experience, which mostly managed to make feel guilty about not feeling guilty about not seeing much of my (living) mother.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery
Director Joanna Hogg
Writer Joanna Hogg
Actors Tilda Swinton, Carly-Sophia Davies, Zinnia Davies-Cooke
Country United States, United Kingdom
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A