Last year’s other missing-kid drama got lost in the backwash of Clint Eastwood’s Changeling – but in some ways it’s the more interesting of the two.
Less melodrama, less stereotyping of goodies and baddies; more exploration of flawed, fallible human beings. Julia (Sigourney Weaver) has never recovered from losing her three-year-old daughter Maggie in a New York playpark.
Sixteen years later she encounters an attractive young drifter, Louise (Kate Bosworth), and starts to imagine she may be her long-lost child.
The leads give committed performances, but this isn’t a two-hander – we see the effects of the odd, obsessive relationship spread to Julia’s estranged husband and son, her new daughter-in-law and a work colleague.
Sensitively written and helmed by playwright David Auburn, the movie doesn’t fob us off with a neat, bow-tied ending. No extras.