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Tempted to watch the movie.
Will check it out!
I wonder how I missed this wonderful movie – The Wonder – on Netflix released this month. I can’t help saying this- my eyes were hooked on the Little Women star Florence Pugh from the first frame to last. What a composed, powerful, intuitive self she was as Lib Wright, the war-served nurse who travels to rural Ireland of 1862 from London to watch a little girl who almost turned a saint in her locality by surviving without food for months.
Anna, the miracle girl lives in an aloof house with her extremely religious family is mostly surrounded by guests. If someone contributes, it goes straight to the charity box kept down the stairs. Means, it’s for the church. On the way to her house, Dr. McBrearty ignores or doesn’t attend to genuine queries from Lib. The ‘father’ who waits there arrogantly stops her from being interrogative. After Lib’s first meeting with Anna, a social and religious phenomenon- The “fasting girls” of the Victorian Era landscape gets unravelled in the film bit by bit -so poignantly sans preaching!
Mrs.Wright’s everyday walk to that mysterious house..through a detached country road under dark-tinged clouds, lifting her blue dress is a repeating visual in the film, striking visual magic created by cinematographer Ari Wegner goes beyond words. Ari could make every frame of The Wonder period-real reinforced by an eerie music score.
In their rotating shifts without conferring with each other, Lib and the nun understand little about Anna though Lib is very assertive about her dying situation before the local watching committee appointed her to bring actual facts.
Shocking ‘Godly’ revelations of Anna who survives on ’manna from heaven’ horrifies Lib from one point in their gradual friendship and trust. Defying everyone around and imperial guilt, Lib takes control of Anna’s life. After all, she is nothing without a story!
Magnificently adapted from Emma Donoghue’s novel, the Oscar winner Chilean director Sebastian Lelio again carries wonders in his visual language and a condensed script co-written by Emma and Alice Birch.