Lost girls Cast
Few noteworthy performances have certainly taken the acting fraternity by pleasant surprise. Such as the one by Amy Ryan (Mari Gilbert), followed by the excellent skills shown by Thomasin Mckenzie (Sherre Gilbert), and, of course, not forget to mention Gabriel Byrne. Then there is also superb acting carried by Shannan Gilbert (Sarah Wisser), Dr. Peter Hackett (Reed Birney), and Joe Scalise (Kevin Corrigan). Liz Garbus is the director who has tried to show how society presumes certain things as prejudice is associated with and attached to people due to their profession or situation.
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Lost girls story
The Lost Girls highlights the gory, dark, and heinous crime committed by the serial killer responsible for murdering several women in two decades. Yes, in what could be seen as the man who didn’t stop or relent in murdering between 10 and 16 women in 20 long years. Such a deadly, heart-rending, and spine-chilling incident further highlights the lackadaisical attitude of the cops, who could have been more severe and professional. Had they been concerned in the past, so many lives of young girls would have been saved as it would have set a strong message and example to the culprit by capturing and then giving stringent punishment.
The movie zeroes down on Shannan Gilbert, a young lady aged 24, who couldn’t be traced as she went missing in 2010. It highlights the attempts and plea of the unfortunate mother to bring the police to do their tasks professionally, which failed to invite the required seriousness.
Her case gathered enough news, as even the masses advocated for justice rather than just Mari, her mother, and her sister Sherry. Netflix opted to create a movie in line with Robert Kolker’s book bearing the same name. (Lost Girls as its publication happened in 2013)
Besides the mother looking for justice, there were other victims as their family members were equally unlucky and needed timely interference from the cops. Incidentally, the cops got a breakthrough while investigating Shannan at Oak Beach. They found four bodies in the nearby areas as the accused used burlap sacks for burial (as she happened to be at this last place while being alive). The cops managed to get hold of four other bodies of women whose deaths were long pending, with the likes of Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amber Lynn Costello, and Melissa Barthelemy. These women disappeared between 2007 and 2010. The accused targetted similar profiles like Shanna as they were in their early 20s and were dealt through a pimp while carrying out their sex work which easily kept with him a significant earning.
Lost Girls highlights the events that happened in 2010-12 as narrated by Mari Gilbert. When Shannan promised to visit for dinner despite her telephone call, it didn’t come up. Then, the suspicion of her mother grew stronger after an unknown call from a doctor expressing the trouble her daughter may be under. This necessitated Mari to search for the whereabouts of her eldest daughter.
Mari took charge as a responsible mother, doing all she could to get the phone record to interrogate Sannan’s boyfriend. She learned that being under medications already, her daughter experienced a hysterical breakdown, which necessitated her to flee home, and she went away somewhere without even taking the help of her driver.
On the one hand, her last-minute disappearance is increasing her anxiety, and to make it worse, cops are least interested in cooperating due to their carelessness. Their actions are incompetent. A sorry state of affairs indeed. Yes, the mother has to face additional troubles, which is also to pester the cops to do their jobs professionally. She was concerned about the time the cops took to answer the call from her daughter. She additionally hoped for the security cameras, which may give some information about her whereabouts; however, cops didn’t have an interest in knowing further developments through them.
The cops didn’t even consider searching for the clues or anything. However, the firm determination of the mother kept the whole situation hopeful and alive rather than simply dismissing the scenario as the daughter’s fate.
Lost girls Ending
Lost Girl is inspired by a true story of how a mother goes all about to search for her missing daughter.
Dr. Peter Hackett (Reed Birney) killer
Dr. Peter Hackett (Reed Birney) was involved in the crime and needed others’ help since he was using a fake leg and couldn’t run. The other suspect was his wife. The same notion that it was the handiwork of more than one person was established when, during the 911 call, Shannan referred to people as “They are trying to kill me,” indicating more than one person was involved. So, who chased her daughter through the swamp?
This is where the testimony of Hackett’s neighbor, Joe Scalise (Kevin Corrigan), came into play. After all, a neighbor knows about others in the locality. So, Joe said that while transferring the bodies from one place to another, Hackett’s true colors were shown as neighbors saw him. However, police dismissed her testimony because he could react out of a long pending grudge. However, Mary was sure that Hackett was the accused. Her surety led her even to convince Commissioner Dormer to inspect the swamp site (just behind the house of Hackett) as the possible place to unearthing the deceased body. As luck would have it, her daughter’s body was found there.
Lost Girl Learning experience
Lost Girls highlights that all the victims should be treated equally, irrespective of their past or profession they are under or whether any of them is living alone. Such things shouldn’t come in the wake of getting full-fledged justice. Victims need to get complete justice without considering any of the conditions above.
The movie highlights the kind of dangers that girls are subjected to as it also speaks about the need for stringent action so that the culprits get the worst sentence, which also acts as a lesson for others not to mess with the lives of young girls. It also highlights the need to sympathize with the women meeting the same fate.
It also enforces the belief that the cops must be more dutiful in their approach without prejudice. The real essence of the movie would be complete when even one wrongdoer gets punished, as it is the hardest lesson for future generations. When the single mother, all by herself, can persuade and push the cops to move beyond their comfort zone and work towards solving the case, it acts as an eye opener for all of us to be more sensitized and demand justice. Even though we may start alone, we eventually have a cavalcade favoring and supporting us. After the mother finds the dead body of Shannan, she is remorseful that the police didn’t give the due importance, as they blamed her for the death. She further said that the time has come for everyone to be held accountable for their actions, as she begins with herself.