The Wonder. Sebastián Lelio
The Wonder (2022)
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‘The Wonder’ (2022) – Netflix Mystery Drama – Review: Florence Pugh is Brilliant

The Wonder is a movie directed by Sebastián Lelio starring Florence Pugh and Tom Burke.

An intriguing story, with complex characterizations, in this well developed screenplay. Add to that the good performances and the atmospherics of a good scenography, and you have one of the month’s best movies.

Premise

El Prodigio, de Sebastián Lelio
The Wonder (2022)

It is 1862, after the Great Famine, Lib Wright, a nurse, leaves England for Ireland to observe what some see as a medical anomaly and others a miracle, namely, that a girl, Anna, has survived without food for months. In a remote cottage, Lib must watch over the girl in shifts, alternating with a nun, appeasing the town inhabitants who are skeptical of science. Tourists flock to see 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell, and a journalist has come to cover the sensation as two strangers transform each other’s lives in a story of love pitted against evil.

Movie Review

From the get go we are introduced to a story that begs to be told, and heard, narrated by the protagonist. It invites us into to a time and place of hardship, bleakness, parsimony and sheer fight for survival (in body and mind) in the Irish Midlands in the mid 19th century, after the Great Famine. The atmospherics are ideal for a strange, mysterious story, where science and superstition meet.

Florence Pugh is very convincing in the character of an apparently very rigid nurse, Lib Wright. Her portrayal is noteworthy. Lib Wright has in fact a story of her own, a layered character, furthermore enriching the movie. In fact, the entire cast is magnificent, among them are the veterans Ciarán Hines and Toby Jones who so well give life to their characters in this context.

The screenplay flows, and grips one from the early minutes of the film. So, here we have a movie that counts on a good writing, performances and cinematography. Although understated, it is not to be underestimated.

Our Opinion

We recommend this movie. It is well written, and will grab your attention in its suspenseful build-up. Florence Pugh is ideal in the role as the stoic nurse. There are no cutting corners.

Release Date

November 15, 2022

Where to Watch The Wonder

Netflix

Movie Trailer

The Star

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Direction

Sebastián Lelio

Sebastián Lelio

Cast


Florence Pugh / Lib Wright

Tom Burke / William Byrne

Niamh Algar / Kitty

Elaine Cassidy / Rosaleen O’Donnell

Toby Jones / Dr. McBrearty

Ciarán Hinds

Dermot Crowley

Brían F. O’Byrne / John Flynn
Kíla Lord Cassidy / Anna O’Donnell
Caolan Byrne / Malachy O’Donnell

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The Wonder (2022)
The Wonder. Sebastián Lelio

Movie title: The Wonder

Movie description: It is 1862, after the Great Famine, Lib Wright, a nurse, leaves England for Ireland to observe what some see as a medical anomaly and others a miracle, namely, that a girl, Anna, has survived without food for months. In a remote cottage, Lib must watch over the girl in shifts, alternating with a nun, appeasing the town inhabitants who are skeptical of science. Tourists flock to see 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell, and a journalist has come to cover the sensation as two strangers transform each other’s lives in a story of love pitted against evil.

Date published: November 12, 2022

Country: Ireland

Duration: 108 mins

Director(s): Sebastián Lelio

Actor(s): Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Niamh Algar, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Elaine Cassidy, Brian F. O'Byrne

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Our Opinion

We recommend this movie. It is well written, and will grab your attention in its suspenseful build-up. Florence Pugh is ideal in the role as the stoic nurse. There are no cutting corners.

Overall
3.1

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