THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER is a slow-burn A24 film about a mother (Tilda Swinton) and daughter’s (also Tilda Swinton) trip to an inn that’s lifted straight out of a SCOOBY-DOO episode. Director Joanna Hogg is able to capture an incredibly palpable sense of dread with muted colors, an eerie setting, and powerful double performances from Swinton.
There aren’t many negatives about THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER. Similarly to AFTERSUN, another A24 movie about a parent-child relationship, the viewer is left in charge of squeezing out the story. It also flies by, with a 96-minute runtime that’ll leave you pondering what you’ve watched for much longer. It feels like a movie built to be rewatched – but unfortunately, I don’t want to.
I don’t usually need a strong story to love a movie as long as there are well-developed characters and solid world-building. But only having one of the three, with its Tilda Swinton double whammy, is not enough to make THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER an experience now.
THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER is coming to theaters on December 2, 2022. I saw it at the London Film Festival in October.