Le meraviglie

October 30th, 2015


Le meraviglie

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A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.7/10 (2,057 voted)

Critic's Score: 75/100

Director: Alice Rohrwacher

Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck

Gelsomina's family functions according to very particular rules. First of all, Gelsomina, at twelve years of age, practically runs the family. Her three younger sisters obey her and work under her watchful eye. But the outside world mustn't know anything about their lifestyle, and they should be kept away from it, well-protected in their isolated countryside home. Gelsomina's father, Wolfgang, is a foreigner and Gelsomina is the future queen of this strange and improbable kingdom he has constructed for them. A male heir would have been better, of course, but Gelsomina is strong and determined and what's more, she has a special talent for beekeeping and making honey. It's Gelsomina that retrieves the swarms from the trees, who organizes the honey extraction, and she is the one that carries the hives. Whilst all around them the countryside is being burnt up by pesticides, rural life is falling apart and becoming something different, a TV show competition arrives from the city offering a...

Alba Rohrwacher - Angelica
Maria Alexandra Lungu - Gelsomina
Sam Louwyck - Wolfgang
Sabine Timoteo - Cocò
Agnese Graziani - Marinella
Monica Bellucci - Milly Catena
André Hennicke - Adrian
Luis Huilca - Martin
Eva Lea Pace Morrow - Caterina
Maris Stella Morrow - Luna
Carlo Tarmati - Carlo Portarena
Margarete Tiesel - Second Life Representative


Official Website: Official site [Italy] | Official site [Japan]

Country: Italy, Switzerland, Germany

Language: Italian, French, German

Release Date: 30 October 2015

Filming Locations: Sovana, Sorano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy

Box Office Details

Budget: €2,500,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

I didn't expect a similar plot. But the plot itself it not the important part of this movie. The Cannes Festival have create some interest about this little incredible surprise, and it worth entirely the attention. It is all about life. Filmed in a very strange and unusual location, a farm in a poor area (Tuscany, but could be everywhere). About a very strange and unusual family (the center of it is a young teenager, Gelsomina by a unbelievable in her great acting Maria Alexandra Lungu), and a very strange business (honey and bees). But all these unusual choices results in a so strong, so sweet, so touching, little masterpiece. We feel fully involved, interested, part of this world that is, in fact, the world: love, young expectation, economic difficulties, pollution, family affairs, all is inside, but with no drama because the look used in this opera is a colored one, full of the hope of young people.


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