Screening Room: ‘The Wonders’

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A sweet and strange offering from Italy, The Wonders opens this week in limited release. My review is at Film Journal International:

The state of the ramshackle Tuscan farmhouse inhabited by the family whose members dart and gambol all through The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher’s sleepy one-ring circus of a film, perfectly mirrors their everyday state of affairs. It’s beautiful in its way but not exactly well-maintained. Nevertheless, it stays up, just like this family stays together even as many of their violently oppositional attitudes would seem to be pulling them apart…

Here’s the trailer:

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