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Lost Girls (2020)

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When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.


Liz Garbus


Robert Kolker (book), Michael Werwie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Ryan ... Mari Gilbert
Thomasin McKenzie ... Sherre Gilbert
Gabriel Byrne ... Richard Dormer
Lola Kirke ... Kim
Oona Laurence ... Sarra Gilbert
Dean Winters ... Dean Bostick
Molly Brown ... Missy
Miriam Shor ... Lorraine
Ana Reeder ... Lynn
Grace Capeless ... Amanda
Reed Birney ... Peter Hackett
Kevin Corrigan ... Joe Scalise
Jimi Stanton ... Officer Church
Matthew F. O'Connor ... Joe Brewer
Rosal Colon ... Selena Garcia
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When Mari Gilbert's (Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan) daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers Mari will not let the world forget. From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus, LOST GIRLS is inspired by true events detailed in Robert Kolker's "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery." World premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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Coincidentally, Amy Ryan (Mari Gilbert) played co-star Gabriel Byrne (Richard Dormer)'s therapist in the acclaimed series In Treatment (2008). See more »


Richard Dormer: It's not your daughter, Mrs. Gilbert, which is why it's important that you don't talk to the media.
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An Above Average film based on true events
13 March 2020 | by alindsay-alSee all my reviews

With the Coronavirus leading to more and more films being delayed, it seems like streaming services such as Netflix will be the main source of watching new films and TV series. The new Netflix film Lost Girls came out today and I have had a chance to watch it and this is my review for it. The premise of the film sees a girl get kidnapped, after the police botch the investigation her mother leads the charge to get justice for her daughter and others like her. Main Character Amy Ryan plays the main character in this film and she does a really good job in the film, her character has so much pain and you follow her through this journey as she tries to get answers about what happened to her daughter. Her character has some issues about her and she isn't the most likeable person in the world but you totally understand where she is coming from and you see just how difficult it is for her character to go through the tough circumstances. Supporting Characters Thomasin Mckenzie from Jojo Rabbit is in this film and she does a good job in her role, she is one of the other daughters in the film and it is interesting seeing the way that she deals with the dissappearance compared to her mother. Gabriel Byrne plays the policeman in charge of the case and his character goes through quite a bit in the film, he clearly wants to do things by the book but understands where Ryan's character is coming from. He questions everything in the film and it allows his character to develop throughout and be more interesting then your average policeman. Though I felt all the other characters weren't that interesting and felt that they weren't as powerful as these other characters and some even felt a bit cliche and unrealistic for a film based on true events. Story The story is pretty tough to watch, as you clearly see a one woman mission to try and get answers, you go with her on the journey and you want to see her get answers in this film. However, I felt the pay off wasn't there in the movie, I know this film is based on true events so you can't change the ending but that means maybe it wasn't a story that should have been adapted. Also on another note, this film spoils its plot in the first minute and it took me out of the film and the ending.

Script The script has some really good dramatic dialogue, the biggest compliment I can give to it, is that it feels very real, it doesn't feel like something somebody wrote on a piece of paper. But I felt like the script didn't delve enough into certain aspects of the film and it leaves you wondering if there were certain aspects of the script that were cut out of the film.

Style The style of the film is very methodical in its pacing, it keeps you intrigued in what exactly is going to happen if you don't know the story and it made you support the protagonist in its quest. However, it is pretty slow, and I questioned what was the film trying to achieve and as mentioned the film either accidentally or on purpose basically gives away the ending in the first part of the film.

Overall Overall this film has an important story from real life and the film itself is interesting to a certain extent but overall I just thought it was okay and there wasn't anything that stood out. If you are interested in seeing a real story with a good lead performance then this will be a decent watch but you don't need to rush to watch it.

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Release Date:

13 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery See more »

Filming Locations:

Oak Beach, New York, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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