The Wonders

Dir.: Alice Rohrwacher | Italy, Switzerland, Germany 2014 | 111 min

Alice Rohrwacher received the director prize in Cannes for her wonderful, magical-realist 'The Wonders' which fantasises about her countryside childhood in an Italian province. Here, 12 year old Gelsomina lives with her mother, her three siblings and her grumpy but kind-hearted father who makes a living as a beekeeper with the whole family's patient help. One day, like in a mirage, the children meet a film crew, led by an incredibly beautiful hostess (Monica Bellucci) who has arrived to record an exotic TV show where local farmers are invited to present their products. Suddenly, Gelsomina experiences herself and her family from the outside. 'The Wonders' is an understated and unsentimental, but sensual and above all deeply imaginative film about the strange transition from childhood to early adulthood where one experiences everything as if it was for the first time. A state which Rohrwacher, in her only second feature film, evokes with phenomenal, poetic conviction, making one feel the summer heat all the way down in the grainy, porous textures of the 16mm images.

Original Title
Le Meraviglie
Title
The Wonders
Country
Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Release Year
2014
Duration
111 min.
Directors
Alice Rohrwacher
Producer
Carlo Cresto-Dina
Script
Cast
Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Luis Huilca Logrono
Camera
Hélène Louvart
Sound
Christophe Giovannoni
Editor
Marco Spoletini
Music
Piero Crucitti
Production Company
Tempesta
Version
Dialogue: German, French, Italian English Subtitles
Tempo
2
Thrills
3
Sighs
8
Laughs
1
Look
4
Food for thought
8