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Wondrous Oblivion (2006)



Critic Consensus: This coming-of-age/cricket tale wants to be touching, but is too often sappy.

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Eleven year old David Wiseman loves to play cricket but is no good at it. When a Jamaican family move in next door and builds a cricket net in the back garden, David is in seventh heaven. But this is 1960s England, and when the neighbors start to make life difficult for the new arrivals, David's Jewish family is caught in the middle, and he has to choose between fitting in and standing up for the new friends who have turned his world upside down.
PG (for thematic material, some violence, sensuality, language including racial remarks, and brief smoking by minors)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Palm Pictures


Sam Smith
as David Wiseman
Delroy Lindo
as Dennis Samuels
Leagh Conwell
as Jessop
Dominic Barklem
as Pritchard
Jo Stone-Fewings
as Mr. Pugh
Emily Woof
as Ruth
Angela Wynter
as Grace Samuels
Yasmin Paige
as Lilian
Leonie Elliott
as Judy Samuels
Naomi Simpson
as Dorothy Samuels
Richard Ashton
as W.G. Grace
Carol MacReady
as Mrs. Wilson
Gary McDonald
as Garry Sobers
Osnat Schmool
as Mrs. Glickstein
Mark Penfold
as Head Teacher
Tom Roberts
as James Bryce
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Critic Reviews for Wondrous Oblivion

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

Wondrous Oblivion is a timeless tale of an 11-year-old South London boy putting aside boyish things. Writer-director Paul Morrison affirms PG-rated life lessons that could appeal to 11-year-olds and their elders alike.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

For all its bright-hued nostalgia (the cricket greens are practically incandescent), Wondrous Oblivion edges up to hard truths, most powerfully expressed in Lindo's towering performance.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

You don't have to know anything about the sport of cricket to be charmed by Wondrous Oblivion, a British film that is finally getting a well-deserved theatrical release after opening the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2004.

Full Review… | December 22, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a delight to see Delroy Lindo -- perpetually cast as tough cops and tougher crooks -- playing a tender father and decent (if struggling) husband.

November 6, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The film feels like the Cliffs Notes version of what might have been a much longer and certainly more satisfying story.

November 3, 2006
Top Critic

It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental.

November 3, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wondrous Oblivion

I don't know (or care about) the first thing about cricket, but I loved this movie. It was a great story and had a point. It was cute and powerful-I would highly recommend.

Dimity  Palazzola
Dimity Palazzola

A wonderful little movie about a boy who loves cricket. No, it's about Jewish family dynamics. No, it's about racism in Britian after World War 2. Actually, it's about all these things, but mostly it's about the characters and how they grow as human beings. This movie has a sweet, simple, imaginative feel to it, and it deals with some deep issues without making its point too strongly. Some criticisms I've read about this movie are the very things I found to be its strengths, so it really comes down to your preferences. In a way, it reminds me of some of Tim Burton's early movies, though it's more down-to-earth than that director's wild inventions. Like Burton's better movies, it feels a bit like a fairy tale and it has unreal elements to it, but the story is grounded by characters who feel very familiar and real.

Copacetic Opus
Copacetic Opus

The term "Coming of Age" has become somewhat of a cliché, but director Paul Morrison has given audiences such a well-crafted, beautifully-rendered tale, that an obligatory inclusion by this reviewer of the term will be quite forgiven here. Think: Air Raid Araby. It tends to be heavy-handed at times, but the spot-on performances carry the weight splendidly. In this PG-13-rated drama Wondrous Oblivion, a young Jewish boy (Sam Smith III) learns to tackle adversity in post-war 1940s England after his Jamaican neighbors teach him the game of cricket. A cross between Barry Levinson's American fable Avalon and the British hit Billy Elliot, Wondrous Oblivion wears its well-worn adversity theme like a badge...but, because the scenario is wholly original, not to point of being over-bearing. Rather, this import plays out breezily, stumbling only slightly when the story veers off into an unnecessary sub-plot featuring the boy's mother (Woof) and mentor neighbor (Lindo). Should they remain oblivious to this rub, however, moviegoers will enjoy two hours of near-wonderment. Bottom line: Wondrously told.

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

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