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Premiered at Sundance Film Festival January 28, 2020

First review
Owen Gleiberman/Variety

In “Lost Girls,” though, the great documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer”) enters the realm of drama as if born to it. The movie, based on a true story that began in 2010 (it’s adapted from Robert Kolker’s 2013 nonfiction bestseller “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery”), is about a desperate, bedraggled mother of three on Long Island, Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan), who learns that her oldest daughter, Shannan, who’s around 20 and has been a sex worker living in Jersey City, N.J., has gone missing. Was she murdered? The fear of that drives Mari into a protective but helpless rage — though as we learn, she’s angry about a whole lot of other things, including her own failures as a mother. And that’s before the police find four dismembered bodies off the side of the highway. What starts as a missing-person case turns into the story of a hunt for a serial killer.

Directed by Liz Garbus

Written by Michael Werwie, based on the book by Robert Kolker

Cast: Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie, Lola Kirke, Oona Laurence, Gabriel Byrne, Miriam Shor


When Mari Gilbert’s daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Committed to finding the truth, her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers Mari will not let the world forget. Inspired by true events.

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  1. I would like very much to see this movie. But I wonder if I am getting out of touch with the time I live in. Before I used to buy DVDs on Amazon but now it seems like that movies do not come to DVD. Maybe it is necessary to be on Netflix (or other places) to see new films if they do not come to cinema. And a cinema is not a good place to visit now, in this time of corona. What do you guys around the world do to see films (with Gabriel) that you want soooo much to see?
    Maybe I must be a member of Netflix to see more of GB movies?

    Nora in Norway

    • Nora, Gabriel has done two shows for Netflix: MANIAC, which was an 10-episode series, and the film LOST GIRLS.

      Otherwise, most of his films continue to come out on DVD–eventually! Netflix has some Gabriel movies, so that’s good. Amazon has TONS of Gabriel movies, but you have to pay for almost all of them. Only a few are available to Prime members. So you can buy them to stream them (they end up in your personal online library) or you can buy the DVD or Blu-Ray. I usually buy the DVD to add to my collection, but I’ve also purchased copies that I can stream. That was useful when I moved and all of my DVDs were in storage!

      Anyway, I think things ARE changing, but mostly in terms of all the different places movies and series are now made available. It is very confusing. For everybody! Including me.

      Stella in Texas <3

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