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The Eternal Daughter
ShowtimesFebruary 5:3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pmFebruary 6:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Writer/director Joanna Hogg uses gothic horror elements to explore the prickly relationships even the closest mother and daughter share. One cold wintry night, a cab makes its way up a foggy country road to a large manor. Filmmaker Julie and her mother Rosalind (a marvelous Tilda Swinton in dual roles) have arrived for a retreat. Julie is working on a film about her mother, who once stayed in the estate when it belonged to her aunt when she was a child during WWII. There is something eerie about the manor itself. The two seem to be its only inhabitants, save a sullen receptionist and a kindly widowed groundskeeper. It’s memories that are the real ghosts, lingering not only in our minds, but in the places they were made. Like the best of the classic gothic ghost stories, The Eternal Daughter leaves you unsettled. Complete clarity remains elusive. As it should.—RogerEbert.com