The Wonders

2015

The Wonders

Critics Consensus

The Wonders offers a charming coming-of-age tale that doubles as a quietly effective tribute to a vanishing way of life.

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Rohrwacher's richly textured sophomore feature centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged boy taken in as a farmhand, and a production crew recruiting local farmers to participate in a cheesy televised celebration of ancient Etruscan culture presented by the mysterious Milly Catena (Monica Bellucci). Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina, who is struggling to find her footing in the world, and Rohrwacher manages to convey her adolescent sense of wonder and confusion with characteristically graceful naturalism.

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  • What's worth wondering at is the way writer-director Alice Rohrwacher illustrates the private world of an authentic and genuinely loving family.

    Dec 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A prize winner at the Cannes film festival, this naturalistic Italian drama presents a warm and credible portrait of a modern beekeeping family in the Tuscan countryside.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "The Wonders" is one of those films that's easier to experience than explain, which is almost always a good thing.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Terrence Malick comes to mind, too, in Rohrwacher's approach to storytelling - but without the American's sense of the symphonic and supernal.

    Nov 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Structurally, "The Wonders" suffers from awkward bulges and sags, especially toward the end. Still, it's a beautiful, richly imagined ride that doesn't end as much as evaporate into a dreamlike puff of smoke.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A story that frames a familiar conflict - the collision of modernity and tradition - in intriguingly off-center ways, alive with piercing detail.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Full Review…

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