2.5 Some moments of beauty, tenderness and stillness; but overall, ended up underwhelming. A bitpart by Sabine Timoteo got me wondering about her career; early on she had majestic towering performances where she dominated films like Love, In Den Tag, Free Will, but recently what a disappointment her catalogue of work has been =(
Un filme sobre la fundación de la fantasía occidental dentro de las comunidades apartadas. El filme no me recuerda a "Reality", sin embargo, aquí esa necesidad por alcanzar una fantasía no es obsesiva. Es todo lo contrapuesto, lo que por cierto la convierte en una película planamente contemplativa.
The Wonders über eine Imker Familie an der Trasimenischen See, ist ein Film, der zwei verschiedene Arten des Filmemachens miteinander verbindet: Zum einen ist The Wonders emotional und intensiv, zum anderen ist es aber auch ein Film, in dem nicht allzu viel passiert... mehr auf cinegeek.de
Loved the idea of a film about a family living anarchically and autarchically. Loved the focus on the silently tormented relationship between a quite despotic father and his eldest, smart daughter. Disliked the various scenes matching nothing (the tv program,Bellucci's pointless character and acting). For sure, today's Italian cinema is more about aesthetics than screenwriting:enchanting rural-tziganesque atmosphere
The father is older and worried about work and productivity. But the girls are still young, and want life to have wonders. It's a lovely premise for a family portrait, and naming the main character Gelsomina (after the Fellini heroine who opens hearts just by being herself) is a nice nod to history. If the third act weren't so diffuse, this could be something really special. As is, solid, lyrical arthouse.
"The Wonders" is one of those films that linger long in the memory and you try to understand why.It blends neorealism with a magical,mythical quality often to be found in De Sica and Pasolini.Its about migrants struggling to live a good life in a harsh world.Its about a young girl,trying to become a woman,in a family with-out sons.Its about a family,disrupted by outside forces (a mysterious young boy and a TV show).
Wonderfully strong characters that we care about, a unique setting and camera work that is consistently supportive of the story and gradual crossing into the world of mythology. Not an easy feat but it's handled with subtlety and a beautiful, lo-fi toolset. 4 stars
"Drama-poetry" framed by a solid fiction and brilliant performances. However, there's a clear limitation in its writing: a formlessness purposely anonymous to "pass" the fiction, as a guarantee of "more truth", and a camera upon the actors, following the documentary clichés, introducing too much "noise" - apart the first and the last two sequences, exactly those who because of their formalism have more significance.