Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Cast: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard
The elder Gyllenhaal sibling’s directorial debut delves into the psychological toll of motherhood with a bruising honesty that few films have ever attempted. After helping a young mum (Dakota Johnson) find her lost daughter – cue ‘pointing Leonardo DiCaprio meme’ – on a beach in Greece, solo vacationer Leda (Olivia Colman) becomes increasingly fixated on the family, dredging up painful memories of her own early days as a parent. It spirals from there. Adapted from an Elena Ferrante novel, it’d rank as a bold effort for any filmmaker, let alone a first-timer. Gyllenhaal nails it.