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A film that tackles something as simple as everyday life and succeeds beatifully. The witty script and clever direction keep the film flowing, while the superb acting keeps it alive. It doesn't aim for the sky and for that reason it hits its mark. Read critic reviews

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An intimate portrait of three generations of one family during a weekend in London. As boisterous "Bonfire Night" celebrations are held in the chilly November weather, the family members and those closest to them find their paths intersecting and their ties evolving. While the setting is specific and contemporary, the concerns are universal and eternal: love, loss, mortality, the family ties that bind, parenting, and a yearning for contentment in this world.

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Audience Reviews for Wonderland

  • Dec 28, 2011
    It's impossible not to be easily fascinated by Europe's invigorating, cheap-looking documentary-style of filmmaking. Winterbottom uses such humble resource and makes an insightful look to the difficulties and misadventures of the easiest characters to identify with in their daily urban life. One of the year's finest and better than any Academy Award nominated flick of 1999 except for <i>The Matrix</i>. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2011
    caught this on TV without knowing who it was by and I was instantly captivated. The first thing is that it's filmed and set where I live, around the Elephant and Castle and Walworth Road, and it's about the people I see every day. It's absolutely spot on about the kind of lives people around here lead and the way individuals and different social groups interact. What lifts it above the sort of social realism common in British cinema is the cutting, the cinematography and Michael Nyman's lovely music, which must be his best work post-Greenaway. While I've never been a big fan of the 'poetry of degradation' school of art, somehow the ugliness and squalor of South East London are transformed by this film and the lives of the characters are invested with real dignity. Though it may deal with the same sort of subject matter as Ken Loach or Mike Leigh, the style and approach are very different - the difference between a great piece of prose and a poem. I guess you could say Winterbottom and Nyman do for London what Scorsese and Herrmann did for New York in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. This is a beautiful film and I feel real gratitude to Michael Winterbottom for bringing our lives to the screen in such a way.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    this is a good movie, but another depressing movie.... the part where she poisoned the dog made me feel sick
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2007
    Good movie. An interesting story plot.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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