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The Wonders (2014)

Le meraviglie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 October 2015 (USA)
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A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.


Alice Rohrwacher
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Alexandra Lungu ... Gelsomina
Sam Louwyck ... Wolfgang
Alba Rohrwacher ... Angelica
Sabine Timoteo Sabine Timoteo ... Cocò
Agnese Graziani Agnese Graziani ... Marinella
Luis Huilca Luis Huilca ... Martin (as Luis Huilca Logroño)
Eva Lea Pace Morrow Eva Lea Pace Morrow ... Caterina
Maris Stella Morrow Maris Stella Morrow ... Luna
Monica Bellucci ... Milly Catena
Carlo Tarmati Carlo Tarmati ... Carlo Portarena
Margarete Tiesel ... Second Life Representative
André Hennicke ... Adrian
Alessandro Genovesi Alessandro Genovesi ... The Judge
David Cadena II David Cadena II ... Igor
Lisa Piciollo Lisa Piciollo ... Gioia


Gelsomina's family functions according to very particular rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, practically runs the family. Her three younger sisters obey her and work under her watchful eye. But the outside world mustn't know anything about their lifestyle, and they should be kept away from it, well-protected in their isolated countryside home. Gelsomina's father, Wolfgang, is a foreigner and Gelsomina is the future queen of this strange and improbable kingdom he has constructed for them. A male heir would have been better, of course, but Gelsomina is strong and determined and what's more, she has a special talent for beekeeping and making honey. It's Gelsomina that retrieves the swarms from the trees, who organizes the honey extraction, and she is the one that carries the hives. Whilst all around them the countryside is being burnt up by pesticides, rural life is falling apart and becoming something different, a TV show competition arrives from the city offering a... Written by tempesta

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Gelsomina: If we take part...
Wolfgang: To what?
Gelsomina: In the selection, the land of wonders...
Wolfgang: Like we need that bullshit!
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Lyrics by Assolo, E. Migliacci
Composed by Franco Migliacci, S. Acqua, E. Migliacci
Performed by Ambra Angiolini
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Italian cinema at its best
14 March 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Chanelling both Olmi and Fellini, Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders" represents Italian cinema at its best. Like Olmi's "Tree of Wooden Clogs" or more recently, Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte" it's another classic picture of rural life with a touch of late Fellini thrown in, (in the form of the slightly surreal television competition that gives the film its name).

It's about a family of bee-keepers, struggling to make a living in Etruscany. The German father is something of a wastrel, the mother has mostly given up and it's left to the oldest daughter to hold things together. The writer and director Alice Rohrwacher, it was only her second feature film, neither romanticises or sentimentalises their situation and the film works both as a rural idyll and another wonderful addition to the cinema of childhood, (the adults seem to be figures in the background). Intelligent and very moving.

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