“Brilliant ode to the resilience of children”
Wonderstruck, based on a book by Brian Selznick, tells the story of two children: Rose and Ben, whose lives are in two different time periods. This is a film for children (6 and older) and adults alike.
Rose lives in New York in 1927, just before the invention of sound films. She is deaf, and she carefully updates her scrapbook about the life of a mysterious actress. She decides to run away from home to look for her mother.
What Rose goes through, beautifully filmed in black and white, is interspersed with the experiences of Ben, a country boy in 1977 who finds himself in a hectic New York of saturated colours. He is on a similar mission: to find the father whom he has never known. Magically, the paths of the two children cross during their adventures.
The visually breathtaking Wonderstruck is the most ambitious film yet for the celebrated director Todd Haynes (‘Carol’, ‘Far From Heaven’). A true virtuoso, Haynes brings us back to the magic of childhood. The romantic notion that the limitations of time and space can be overcome by art and culture offers us vast comfort. Wonderstruck was nominated last year for the Golden Palm.