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Wonderstruck

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Todd Haynes
  • 110 mins
  • PG

Summary

Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Two deaf children seek an absent parent in time zones set 50 years apart in Carol director Todd Haynes's exquisite tear-jerker based on the young adult novel by Brian Selznick (Hugo). In 1927, Rose (deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, who is superb) slavishly follows the career of silent screen goddess Lillian Mayhew (an incandescent Julianne Moore, in one of two roles). Meanwhile, in 1977, Ben (Oakes Fegley, also excellent), pines for the mysterious father he never knew. Both escape to New York where their fates entwine in a ravishing swell of enthralling emotional uplift. Fluidly shifting between the black-and-white visual language of silent cinema and the Space Oddity funkadelics of Manhattan before connecting the narrative dots, Haynes also pays homage to his own Superstar past in this immaculate magical mystery tour through the hyper-sensitive observations of the deaf. Carter Burwell's stunning score also adds seismic force to this profoundly moving and soul-stirring fable.

Credits

Cast

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Lillian Mayhew / RoseJulianne Moore
RoseMillicent Simmonds
BenOakes Fegley
JamieJaden Michael
Walter (age 20)Cory Michael Smith
Walter (age 70)Tom Noonan
ElaineMichelle Williams
Dr Kincaid, Rose's fatherJames Urbaniak
Otto, museum guardDamian Young

Crew

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DirectorTodd Haynes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2018-04-06
Languages
English | Spanish
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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