The life of a children's book author is turned upside down when his daughter goes missing.
|Release Date||:||September 24, 2017|
|Genres||:||TV Movie, Drama|
|Production Company||:||British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Pinewood Pictures, SunnyMarch|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Writers||:||Stephen Butchard, Ian McEwan|
|Casts||:||Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Saskia Reeves, Anna Madeley, Lucy Liemann, Geraldine Alexander, John Hopkins, John Hopkins, Richard Durden, Elliot Levey, Karen Bryson, Eloise Henwood, Beatrice White, Laurence Spellman, Gerard Monaco|
|Plot Keywords||:||based on novel|
I was at a total loss virtually from the start of this movie. By the end, I was offended by the lack of respect shown to families who've lost a child, and those who've suffered mental illness. Quite an achievement in less than 90 minutes.
A child goes missing. An unthinkable situation for any parent, and for those that have lost a child (whether taken or through them passing) it's of course utterly traumatising. Having supported friends who did lose a child, there were of course periods where they appeared to live life as normal, but for at least two years the overwhelming emotions were deep grief and panic.
This film however seemed to suggest it was less upsetting than having lost your dog - i've seen more emotion shown by friends frantically looking for their pet than was shown by the parents of this lost child. They instead seemed to experience virtually no emotion or grief at all for the majority of the film, and instead just got on with their lives. This is not only totally unrealistic, it is offensive to families who've actually been through this.
Then, to add insult to injury, they also throw in there the complex and devastating problems of mental illness and suicide. Losing a child is clearly not a deep enough subject through which to explore the complexities of human emotion, let's add this to the mix as well!?!
So, all in all, a film that totally fails to convey the difficulty and emotion caused by these deeply traumatic experiences.