ITALY / SWITZERLAND / GERMANY – 2014 – 110 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ITALIAN, FRENCH, GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ALICE ROHRWACHER

Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her father constructed around them to protect his family from "the end of the world." An extraordinary summer, when the strict rules that hold the family together, are beginning to break: in part due to the arrival of Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program, and in part the local community's participation in a TV competition for big prizes "Village Wonders," presented by the mysterious Milly Catena.

 

3.5 out of 4 - "leaves a wonderfully sweet aftertaste" - National Post

"a gentle film with sometimes powerful imagery" - NOW Magazine

4 out of 5 - "a uniquely flavored slice of life and a lot of fun to take in." - In the Seats

"The very ordinary events of a rather mundane life are relayed with such a rich simplicity as to awaken a genuine interest in this average family and the passion they have for their craft". - Black Sheep Previews

"It held me breathless but it wasn’t until the final ellipsis – one that suggests a mythical quality to the story – that I realized watching the family’s summer wane and elapse had held me just as rapt." - Globe and Mail

"the payoff is considerable in painterly images of rural life and the silent strength of a young girl who’s not afraid of taking risks or getting stung." - Toronto Star

"an exquisite little film that lives up to its title." - Toronto Star

"An enigmatic fable about a young girl's coming of age provides magical low-key pleasures." - Way Too Indie

"for those who enjoy tiny and offbeat films from an outsider perspective, ‘The Wonders’ is not to be missed." - High Def Digest

"a surprisingly engaging if delicate treat." - Dork Shelf