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The Wonder

  Sebastián Lelio

  United Kingdom, Ireland     108 minutes


The Irish Midlands, 1862—a young girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright (Florence Pugh, in a riveting performance) is brought to a tiny village to observe 11-year old Anna O’Donnell. Pilgrims gather to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harboring a saint, surviving through divine intervention, or are there more ominous motives at work? As Anna’s health rapidly deteriorates, the science-minded Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of the entire community. A psychological thriller inspired by the 19th-century phenomenon of the “fasting girls” and adapted from the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue, The Wonder is an innovative and haunting drama from the director of Gloria and A Fantastic Woman about feminine fortitude and the power of belief.

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Film Credits

  •   Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell
  •   Emma Donoghue, Sebastián Lelio, Alice Birch
  •   Kristina Hetherington
  •   Ari Wegner
  •   Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Elaine Cassidy
  •   Ben Baird
  •   Matthew Herbert
  •   Emma Donoghue, Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen
  •   House Productions, Element Pictures