The Wonders (Le meraviglie) REVIEW
The subject is a young 12 year old girl (Gelsomina) who helps her not terribly parentally gifted parents care for her siblings, migrant workers, house, extended family, and bees. Gelsomina does her work quietly but competently, looking further down the road than her mother seems to be able to look, looking around more perceptively than her sisters can look, and looking out for the bees in ways that maybe even her father is unable to. As the story progresses, it appears that Gelsomina is the central determining factor in whether or not this family will survive. She is only 12 but, and I wish I could honestly say that the writer and director intended this, she is also “her swarm’s” “queen bee.” If it is to survive into a subsequent generation, it will be her doing we suspect.
Question for Comment: Does your family have an MVP? Someone who keeps it working in spite of the others?