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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.

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Alice Rohrwacher
12 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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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Because the scenes with the bees were so delicate and required the presence of trained people when it came to handle them, all the scenes depicting the apiarist work where shot in one day with a special documentary crew. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

T'appartengo
Lyrics by Assolo, E. Migliacci
Composed by Franco Migliacci, S. Acqua, E. Migliacci
Performed by Ambra Angiolini
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What's all the Buzz?
17 October 2015 | by brynjolfsonSee all my reviews

For a film about a simple Italian beekeeping family there is a wealth of depth and imagination. I personally wasn't a fan of the visuals, editing, and cinematography; but the screenplay was phenomenal, the acting was superb, and the story struck at the heart of family life amidst difficulty.

I don't know much about Italian lore and history, but I would guess this film is some kind of modern take on an ancient Etruscan fairy tale. A struggling rural family with scores of problems is almost entirely dependent on the oldest daughter to provide. In order to help her family, she calls on the help of a fairy. In this case, the fairy is the host of a prize show. All in all, it's a brilliant revision of folklore. It goes to show that moral messages of ancient stories apply just as much to us today as they did to ancient civilizations 2700 years ago.


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30 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$73,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,827,212
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1.85 : 1
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