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Wonderland (1999)

R | | Drama | 14 January 2000 (UK)
There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; ... See full summary »

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Dan
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There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair salon after hours; her son spends part of the weekend with her ex, a man with a hair-trigger temper. Molly is expecting her first baby and its father acts as if the responsibility is too much for him. Eileen is bitter, complaining about her husband and the dog next door; Bill's a doormat. His West Indian neighbor offers him a drink; her own grown son locks himself in his room most of the time. Will anyone connect during this Guy Fawkes weekend? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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The scenes where Dan takes his son to a football match were filmed at Selhurst Park, the ground of Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City on 6 February 1999. See more »

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Don't Leave
Written by Sister Bliss (as Ayalah Bentovim), Jamie Catto and Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo Armstrong)
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Published by Warner/Chappell Music Limited and BMG Music Publishing Limited and Champion Music Limited
Licensed from Cheeky Records Limited
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The Ordinary is Extraordinary
16 November 1999 | by (San Francisco, Ca, USA) – See all my reviews

'Wonderland' is a story about ordinary people told in an extraordinarily beautiful way.

The visual style of the film draws you close--you're not watching a movie, but you are an observer, an eavesdropper on the lives of a South London family and their friends. It's almost as if you saw someone on the bus, and then were able to follow them to their home and around where they work, unseen, for a few days. You believe these people exist, in reality--you _recognize_ these characters because you've seen them before.

There's an incredible musical score by Michael Nyman. It supports and builds the drama of the story, and illuminates the inner struggles of the characters.

It's a beautiful movie. Fans of Wong Kar-Wai's ChungKing Express will enjoy this.

I saw this movie at a Saturday midnight showing in Barcelona, with Spanish subtitles. You could feel the emotion run through the audience. Everyone stayed for the credits.




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