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State of Wonder (1984)

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Story of a naive and simple country boy, exposed to the conflicts of war within his local community, and his search for peace.


Martin Donovan


Martin Donovan


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Cast overview:
Nigel Court Nigel Court ... Pichirica
David Meyer David Meyer ... Captain Benson
Tony Meyer Tony Meyer ... Jesus
James Telfer James Telfer ... Russell
Annie Chaplin Annie Chaplin ... Dana
Martin Donovan ... Father Daniel
Anja Schüte Anja Schüte ... 'Princess' Vicky
Michael Halphie Michael Halphie ... Zoltan
David Capri David Capri ... Constable Foster


Story of a naive and simple country boy, exposed to the conflicts of war within his local community, and his search for peace.

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Cloghane, County Kerry, Ireland

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A Fairy Tale About War, Peace And Religion
7 April 2006 | by wlawson60See all my reviews

A small intimate epic. A film like no other. And where in heaven's name has been all this years. It was made in 1983! Very rarely a film will take a child's point of view and never betray it. This is one of those rare cases. Pichirica (the other side of Forest Gump, the real side)tells us a few heavy duty truths without preaching. The androgynous presence of Nigel Court gives the tale the strange other worldliness that rings so familiar. I saw the film in a badly damaged VHS but the impact was sharp, pungent and pristine. Martin Donovan (the director)plays Father Daniel a young parish priest with musical aspirations and the one ready to take a stand regardless of the consequences. Annie Chaplin (Charlie's younger daughter and a dead ringer for her father) plays the local girl who doesn't intend to leave her birth place " You leave places when you're bored or lonely or unhappy, I'm none of that" she tells Russell the mysterious journalist played stoically by James Telfer (Vanessa in "Apartment Zero")The entire film seems told in Pichirica's language so the grown ups and intelligent speak a little bit like him. I found myself with tears running down my face. I loved the film and I can't wait to see it on a big screen as was intended.

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