- Manuel Martín Cuenca
- Javier Gutiérrez, Patricia López Arnaiz, Irene Virgüez
- Thriller, Drama
- 122 min.
- Production Companies
- Mod Producciones, La Loma Blanca
- Theatrical Release
- 26th of November 2021, by Caramel Films
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THE DAUGHTER is a cleverly-constructed dramatic thriller by one of Spain's most intriguing auteurs, Manuel Martín Cuenca, whose Cannibal and The Motive (Fipresci Award at TIFF) proved critical darlings. The film explores an intriguing conundrum, the limits to our right to parenthood, in a tense triangle starring Javier Gutiérrez (Marshland) and Patricia Lopez Arnaiz (While at War) as the barren couple helping teenage pregnant juvenile offender, Irene, portrayed by breaktrough 15-year-old Irene Virgüez. THE DAUGHTER is shot in the breathtaking landscape of the Andalusian mountains and is co-produced by one of Spain's top producers, MOD (While at War, Biutiful and Agora).
Irene is a fifteen-year-old who lives in a center for juvenile offenders. She just got pregnant and is determined to turn her life around with the help of Javier, an educator at the center. Javier offers her to secretly come live with him and his wife Adela in the house they have in a remote and rugged spot in the mountains so she can hide and comfortably carry out her pregnancy. The only condition is that in exchange, she agrees to give them the baby she is carrying in her womb. This feeble pact will be put in jeopardy when Irene starts to feel like the life growing inside her belongs to her.