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941 Ratings

The Wonders

Le meraviglie

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Italy, Switzerland, 2014


An extraordinary summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters, in which the strict rules that hold the family together begin to break: due to the arrival of Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program, and also the community’s participation in the TV competition “Village Wonders.”

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The Wonders Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Jury

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Screenplay

Propelled by giddy mood swings, The Wonders weaves all this crisis into the choppy daily rhythms of a family struggling to navigate the tension between continuity and change. Rohrwacher handles her material with a richly detailed naturalism and a keen eye for the risks posed by Wolfgang’s Promethean grandstanding to his children.
October 29, 2015
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Rohrwacher treats the material with a playfulness not too far away from that of Roy Andersson or perhaps even Fellini, and displays a keenness for revealing the petty rivalries and jealousies and growing pains of familial relations.
October 27, 2015
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…As in Corpo Celeste, Rohrwacher conjures a richly concrete world that is nonetheless subject to the magical thinking of adolescence. The Wonders never announces its themes, which is probably one reason so many dismissed it, but it’s a film with plenty on its mind, not least the ways in which old traditions survive in the modern world, as acts of resistance or repackaged as commodities.
July 07, 2014
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