Brian Cox gets to show his paternal side in Prisoner’s Daughter, the second film this year from Mafia Mamma director Catherine Hardwicke. The film finds Cox as Max, a prisoner given a compassionate release following a terminal cancer diagnosis. Kate Beckinsale plays Max’s estranged daughter, Maxine, who reluctantly agrees to let him stay with her and her only son, Ezra.
The gritty little drama from screenwriter Mark Bacci explores how pain and family trauma passes along across generations. Maxxine is a single mom in a desperate enough situation to see her father despite having no interest in reconciliation. She also has her son’s father, an abusive addict seeking to be more of a presence in the boy’s life.
The film also stars Christopher Convery, Ernie Hudson, and Tyson Ritter. The film had its world premiere in Toronto last year to mixed reviews.
Cox continues to be a looming presence and a terrible father-figure on HBO’s Succession, while Beckinsale can be seen this week in Charlie Day’s comedy, Fool’s Paradise.
Prisoner’s Daughter opens on June 30th.
From director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), Prisoner’s Daughter is a gritty, turbulent thriller that follows Max (Brian Cox) who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and granted a compassionate release after 12 years in prison with the condition he resides with his estranged daughter, Maxine (Kate Beckinsale). As a single mom desperate for income to raise her only son, Ezra (Christopher Convery), she reluctantly agrees but has no interest in reconciliation or allowing Max to have a relationship with her son. To make matters worse, Maxine also has to contend with Ezra’s father, Tyler (Tyson Ritter), an abusive addict who wants more control of his son’s life. As Max seeks one last chance to redeem himself in her eyes, they must contend with his dark, violent past as it comes back to haunt them all.