[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Gelsomina’s family works according to some special rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, is head of the family and her three younger sisters must obey her: sleep when she tells them to and work under her watchful eye. But the world, the outside, mustn’t know anything about their rules, and must be kept away from them. They must learn to disguise themselves.
The moments of poetry and the moments of realism blend seamlessly in Alice Rohrwacher's Le Meraviglie, a wondrous coming-of-age tale about a mature teenage girl helping her family in an Italian country-side farm. The setting is at once oneiric and earthy, filled with light-brimming yellows and bright honey sunlight. Through the smoothly subjective camera-movements, we see Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, and her world as an adult-driven, unfair but magical place. We follow the family’s honey-producing system and come to understand how every member of the family, especially Gelsomina, has a big responsibility in getting the job done. She helps in almost every stage of production, and her parents tease her by saying she’s the family man.
In the dead of night a group or some sort of commune arrive, searching the surrounding area for a place to rest. They come across what looks to be an unused, dilapidated house, their torches skimming across the crumbling brickwork. We then move inside where the lights seem to wake-up the building's ghosts from their slumber, a close knit family inherently connection to their land.
Time remains elusive in Alice Rohrwacher's Grand Prix winning film, a beguiling coming of age story that is rooted in the reality of familial responsibility and the enchantment of tradition. There is an established way of life out in farmers country, conventional methods that have sewn seeds of nostalgia defying change, despite the damage to…
Genuine and gracious with ever-so-sweetly observed sibling relationships. Sadly, synthetic additives better known as "complications" deflate the effect of the whole.
Maria Alexandra Lungu has a grounding grace I haven't witnessed in an actress so young since Lola Créton in BLUEBEARD.
By the numbers coming of age film with some good deatails on the margins that never add to enough to rise it from generic.
Here we follow a family and particularly oldest daughter Gelso as they cope with surviving in a modern world using old methods to produce honey. On top this this, they must cope with a perpetually angry father, Wolfgang, who stands against any sort of progress. The intrusions of modern life continue as a TV reality programme arrives, looking for the best "countryside wonders" and there is a standoff between Gelso and her father on whether to enter. In truth, the film feels messy and certain storylines jar somewhat but that is offset by the easy chemistry of all the daughters, the novelty of watching bee-keepers at work and a comedy camel.
Alice Rohrwacher’s Italian coming-of-age story is brimming with such radiance and simplistic beauty, however as a whole, the film looks pretty flimsy given by Rohwarcher’s soft handling and tepid narrative. Le Meraviglie or The Wonders follows a family of beekeepers at the countryside as they hold on in surviving family traditions, and financial challenges while instilling the simplicity of farm life. But the film’s lens is most attracted to the oldest daughter Gelsomina as she come to terms of womanhood. This is her story of struggling to find herself in the middle of her burgeoning sexuality, and finding what she really wants to do (besides switching buckets for honey and become a farmer).
Good thing is Rohwacher never gets too…
Deceptively simple but novelistic sense of character, class, milieu. Seems to exists outside of time; generations pass along, some things are filtered down, some ruins remain. Lungu and Louwyck speak volumes in silence.
La película con encanto del festival. Ganadora por sorpresa del Premio del Jurado en el pasado festival de Cannes, Le Meraviglie cuenta las miserias de una familia de apicultores que viven en una casa abandonada de la Toscana, todo visto desde la mirada de una niña, una espléndida Maria Alexandra Lungu, que empieza a madurar a golpe de madrugones, trabajos forzados, desilusiones y el comienzo del amor, como no. No esperéis un dramón de manual: la directora tiene tiempo para desplegar una sátira sobre los reality shows y su influencia en la sociedad italiana al tiempo que asistimos, de un modo frágil, preciosista, tierno y cuidadoso a la manera de entender la vida de una adolescente en un marco de tragedias mínimas. Preciosa y todo un acierto. Maria Alexandra fue premiada ex-aequo por su papel de Gelsomina.
Καλό αλλά κάπου κόλλαγε (pun intended)
Part of my Oscilloscope Laboratories Challenge.
I’ve been watching the very stylized, slick presentations of The Night Of and Stranger Things. Perhaps like stepping out of a dark theater into a bright sunny day, the film style of this was jarringly realistic. I couldn’t tell if this was narrative film or documentary. After I realized these were actors it was still nearly 30% in that I felt tricked that it was actually documentary - like that image of two faces or a glass of wine, how you look changes what you see.
This is the power of most Oscilloscope features, there’s a documentary feel to the fictional films that breathe realism to the characters. In a few cases it helped…
A beautiful portrait of a Tuscan family. Not for those with ants in their pants.
With a slight sense of fantasy in this very grounded in reality story, "The Wonders" is entertaining and well pace with great editing and solid performances. But it suffers from the third act. Where it makes a sudden change in directing styles and didn't get me to feel the emotional beats.
It's a wonder that this film won the Grand Prix at Cannes 2014. What this film tried to do, La Cienega did better, in my opinion.
Granted, I still enjoyed it. The last few minutes really make the film. particularly the cave scene with Gelso and Martin. But without it, I don't think I could have liked it as much.
Neorrealismo italiano en el mundo rural.
oh I liked this! a lot
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Here are some #DirectedbyWomen Film Viewing Possibilities... Will add MANY more soon...
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