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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.
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…
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.
Every time I watch a movie with minimal plot, I end up feeling a bit like an idiot, but that doesn't stop me from striving to understand. I can say that THE WONDERS has a certain timeless beauty to it and manages to capture a bit of the magic and mystery of a childhood. It may feel scattered and random from time to time, but is never quite boring. I think there is greatness in here somewhere, but I don't know if it ever fully delivered what I hoped for.
from quotes on dvd box looks like others like this film more than. though like it to an extant.
The young actress at the center has the presence and soulful, observant eyes of a future star, but the film around her is undercooked and confused about what it wants to say. Too much slice and not enough life.
"القصة ليست طريقا نتبعه إنها أشبه بالمنزل. تدخله وتبقى هناك لفترة، تتجوّل ذهابًا وإيابًا، وتحلّ حيث تشاء، وتكتشف كيف أن الغرف والممرات تتصل ببعضها البعض، كيف أن العالم بالخارج يتغيّر بالنظر إليه من خلال تلك النوافذ. وأنت، الزائر، القاريء، تتغيّر كذلك بوجودك في هذا المكان المغلق سواء كان فسيحًا ومريحًا، أو ممتلئا بالمنحنيات والطرق الملتوية، مفروشًا بسخاء أو بتقشّف. يمكنك العودة مرارًا وتكرارًا، ودائما القصة، البيت، ستحتوي على أكثر مما رأيت في المرة الأخيرة." – أليس مونرو
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Dreamy, magical and utterly lovely.
As far as I'm concerned, Italian cinema died in 1968. I stand by that position, even though I'm recently finding it harder and harder to defend. I don't know if such impressive films as THE GREAT BEAUTY, GOMORRAH and I AM LOVE and certain Italian filmmakers I've started to follow like Emanuele Crialese and Silvio Soldini are an indication that I should put Italy back on my movie map of major destinations, but it's definitely starting to catch my attention again. One major sign that Italian cinema is getting its hooks in me is that I'm starting to notice some of its stars. Topping that list is Alba Rohrwacher, who seems to show up in most of the Italian films…
Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s sophomore feature, the Grande Prix winner in Cannes 2014, THE WONDERS is a semi-autobiographical essay, tells the story of an Italian family of beekeepers, the patriarch Wolfgang (Louwyck) is (supposedly) of German descent, with wife Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher, Alice’s elder sister) and their four daughters, the eldest one is Gelsomina (Lungu), who is on the cusp of puberty, together they live in the countryside of Etruscan area.
Gelsomina is the main help of Wolfgang in apiculture, but once they bump into a TV crew shooting a show called “The Land of Wonders”, where a competition of products from local farmers is held up, it can bring handsome prize-money to the hard-up family, it piques her interest…
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