Watch: The Wonder 2022 123movies, Full Movie Online – Set in The Irish Midlands in 1862, the story follows a young girl who stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to observe eleven-year old Anna O’Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint ‘surviving on manna from heaven’ or are there more ominous motives at work?.
Plot: Haunted by her past, a nurse travels from England to a remote Irish village in 1862 to investigate a young girl’s supposedly miraculous fast.
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“The Wonder takes time to transform its mysterious premise into a truly captivating narrative, but the displays of Florence Pugh and especially Kíla Lord Cassidy – one of the most impressive performances to come from a 13-year-old – bear the struggles in the least relevant moments.
As a character study, the film approaches the protagonists’ distinct grieving processes in a gradually more profound manner, with some surprises along the way. Filmmaker Sebastián Lelio makes the most of the atmospheric cinematography (Ari Wegner) and the contemplative score (Matthew Herbert) to elevate the slow pacing, but not always successfully.
For fans of period pieces, see it.”
Florence Pugh is English nurse “Mrs. Wright” who travels to Ireland to nurse a young girl who hasn’t eaten in quite a while. Well at least that is what she thinks. Upon arrival, she discovers from the board that she and a nun (Josie Walker) are not to nurse at all, but to sit and watch what happens to this young girl “Anna” (Kíla Lord Cassidy). Is this all a fraud or is it divine intervention that is enabling this young woman to survive un-nourished but for the odd sip of water. Enter Tom Burke’s rather sceptical journalist “Will”, a local who moved to London but who still has more than his fair share of demons. Soon he and the nurse begin to bond, despite their initial difference of opinions about the whole thing and she knuckles down to discover just what is going on. Pugh is really effective here, delivering a characterisation that is considered and sympathetic but by no means gullible. The story is a slow burn, and to be honest I found the conclusion a little implausible and unsatisfactory but she and the young Cassidy carry this really well. The dialogue is sparing with some beautiful scenery that helps well to depict an Ireland still in the grip of anti-English sentiment and religious superstitions.
Interesting narrative… and original
Firstly, the opening title credits were bold (not the font) but as soon as you hit play you will know what I mean… and I really liked the idea too…!
This, as you may have heard, is a slow-burn, but also a very interesting piece. It’s great to see new and inventive stories and plot points. You never really quite know what to think or where it will end up, and that was the best part of the writing, directing and editing… Nurse Wright arrives in small town Ireland hired to ‘watch’ an 11 year old girl for medical reasons… Together with a nun, they take 8 hour shifts, but as it is the year 1860, science and religious beliefs are quite seperate, but also closely linked.
The acting and slow development of the story keep you engaged and your brain ticking over the possible act III outcomes and payoffs… If you enjoy the period piece, drama, thriller type event then go into this one not knowing too much, if that’s possible.
Could end up on the best of the year lists for some I think… Especially on the originality scale.
“Trust The Science” 19th Century Style
In this present day and age in which a specious mantra such as “Trust the Science” has become commonplace, it is understandable that Chilean director Sebastián Lelio decided to utilize a tale from history to promote the notion of the inviolability of modern day mainstream “science” as well as the attendant idea of an elite “professional class” whom we all must trust implicitly.
The Wonder is one such tale which covers the phenomena of “fasting girls”-an antecedent of the medical condition come to be known as anorexia nervosa.
The “victim” here is Anna O’Donnell (Kila Lord Cassidy), the 11-year-old denizen of an Irish village in 1862. Anna hasn’t eaten for four months but appears to be in good health.
Is some kind of “miracle” going on? The town council consisting of a steadfast believing parish priest, a physician who is also convinced miracles are possible justified by some rather dubious “scientific” calculations along with a village elder and landowner, decide to hire two observers for a couple of weeks to get to the root of the mystery.
The caveat is that these all-male stuffed shirts on the council favor the idea that a miracle is afoot and decline to force feed the child at the behest of her religious parents.
Enter our protagonist, nurse Elizabeth “Lib” Wright, a veteran of the Crimean war and down-to-earth Brit. One wonders why the Council hires Lib not only because of the natural enmity the Irish have for the British (it’s only a decade after the Potato Famine) but any “professional” woman affiliated with the medical profession of the time, would be antithetical to their superstitious, anti-science agenda.
Perhaps the Council wants to give the appearance of being objective, so Lib is hired. To strike a proper balance, a nun, Sister Michael (Josie Walker) is hired to work the day shift with Lib covering evening visits with the afflicted girl.
While Lib has some “baggage” (she lost a child and is addicted to morphine) by and large she’s the “good guy” in contrast to Anna’s family with Mom Rosaleen (Elaine Cassidy) the main bogeyman (after all she’s supposedly starving the child by allowing her to continue with the fast).
As it appears, all the townspeople are quite venal, a bunch of country bumpkins who reject the science of the day. The only exception is William Byrne, a local man now working for (naturally) a London newspaper (and Lib’s love interest to boot).
Leave it of course for Lib to figure out the mystery. Suddenly displaying her inherent “force of nature” personality, she insists that Anna be placed in a separate room away from the family. Anna begins to weaken which leads Lib to look further and uncover the fact that Rosaleen has been surreptitiously feeding Anna with her daily kisses. Ho-hum.
Why does Rosaleen perpetrate the fraud? Well, it turns out she blames Anna for the death of her son. And Anna-who was raped by the brother prior to his death, believes if she accepts “manna from heaven” by continuing the fast, she will save him from damnation. Note all this is never shown on screen and just seems tacked on in a rushed denouement.
Naturally the “evil” council people don’t believe Lib’s report of the fraud, so she decides to take drastic action. After faking Anna’s death by burning down the family cottage, she abducts Anna with the aid of hesitant but kindly Will and they take passage on a steamer to Australia where they’ll presumably live happily ever after.
Before the climax Lib must play social worker extraordinaire to get Anna to start consuming food again. In a little bit of anachronistic modern-day psychology, “Anna” is put to sleep and can go to heaven and now an alter ego emerges-the newly nourished “Nan” (Hooray!).
Some have criticized The Wonder for being anti-Irish. I don’t believe that was intentional-the characters could have come from a town in any country. The main idea is to promote the idea of an elite group of “professionals” with a science background who are superior to ignorant, superstitious people who reject “science” as the guiding principle of life.
The Wonder features some excellent production design that does well in replicating the period. The actors here can do little with such a grim, humorless and heavy-handed script.
It is of course ironic that the simplistic tale of “good guy” 19th century professional elites trumping one-dimensional religious, superstitious bumpkin straw men is used to glorify the mainstream “science” of today. That’s because today’s mainstream “science” brooks no dissent, persecuting and ostracizing all those who dare to criticize their theories which they continue to deem “sacrosanct.”
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Sebastián Lelio
Writer Emma Donoghue, Sebastián Lelio, Alice Birch
Actors Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kíla Lord Cassidy
Country Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
Awards 1 win & 12 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A