[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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Lost upon many of us living in more developed environments is the dilemma of predestination inherent in the lives of many rural families. This dilemma provides the crux of the narrative of "The Wonders" -- a poignant portrait of an adolescent girl coming into the realization that she may have already self-actualized as a worker on her father's beekeeping property.
Alexandra Maria Lungo plays Gelsomina, the young girl previously mentioned, and director Alba Rohrwacher provides her ample space to flesh out the character without falling into the normal adolescent hysteria we see portrayed on screen more frequently. Lungo possesses a rare maturity -- a maturity that allows her character to grasp the realities of her station in life.
What a delightfully charming piece of cinema this is! Rohrwacher's film deals with transitions from the old, traditional ways to the new methods while at the same time focusing on a girl's transition to adolescence with the beautiful Italian countryside as backdrop. Humanist realism and magical realism conflate in a tale full of endearing characters and adorable, often absurd humor. Definitely deserves more fans!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
la pelicula me parece bastante constante pero la escena del discurso de el revierte y emociona. las escenas d monica belluci son hermosas ao
This film was so successful in creating its own sense of time and place. I loved Gelsomina and her strong sense of self, while coming of age in the scenic but rural and inhibiting setting. I loved her interactions with her sisters and it reminded me of Mustang in its ability to seem genuine and palpable. That nostalgic portrayal of girlhood and sisterhood is all that really mattered to me. I eat that kind of thing up.
Drinking sunshine, tending bees, surviving family and thirsting for wonder in a unique Italian, Etruscan countryside. And you get some dramatic failure, beauty and whistling along the way.
So much to glean from this story of an Italian family of beekeepers.
A powerful story of the futility of seeking to gain love and approval with responsibility and hard work. A compelling invitation into beauty, touch, light, intimacy with bees, and the freedom of living out of one's true self.
Much to explore with my movie companions as we delve into this movie during our monthly google hangout on Sunday.
The morning after watching this movie, I discovered this poem in a George MacDonald novel. It captured some of the desire that this movie instilled in me, particularly as I watched the playfulness of Marinella.
I cannot reach it; and my striving eye
Dazzles at it, as at…
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.
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films directed by women, in chronological order. always in progress.
Movies about/starring women and girls of all ages. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but…