The Wonders

The Wonders ★★★★

A sort of magical realist fantasy that shares a kindred spirit with the likes of Celine Sciamma, The Wonders is a heartwarming delight that carries on over to Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro with a kind hearted tenderness to it that basks in a sense of welcome sentimentalism. The plot is thin as they come, revolving around a family - a controlling patriarch Wolfgang, his wife and his daughters - whose world is upended when a German boy comes to live with them. 

As a rite of passage movie it’s tried and tested, but the locations are excellent and the cinematography - on 16mm - is stellar at capturing the beehives and the surrounding territory - basking in the natural light that makes this world feel completely lived in and real. If you like Rohrwacher’s work - do check out My Brilliant Friend too, as the episodes that she directs in Season 2 are sensational.

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