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Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:59

Cannes 2017: Todd Haynes' 'Wonderstruck' Inspires the Kid in All of Us

Written by  FirstShowing

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? That boundless sense of wonder, that feeling that everything could be magical? Trips to museums or big cities were the most spectacular experiences, and even though sometimes things were tough at home, you had your friends to cheer you up.

Wonderstruck, the latest film from Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, I'm Not There, Carol), is about that sense of wonder that kids have. It is, in a way, a movie for kids, about kids, but it is still enjoyable for adults as well. Especially those adults who can still remember that kid inside of us, even if he's hiding somewhere in a dark corner. The film interweaves two storylines following two deaf kids as they escape their homes and travel to New York City.

Wonderstruck is a very ambitious film. Haynes takes on the especially unique challenge of combining two stories set in two different times - one in 1927, the other in 1977 - following two young kids, who are both deaf. Half of the film is presented dialogue-free like a silent movie with a lovely score by Carter Burwell, including most of the story set in 1927 which follows a girl named Rose who is played by an actual deaf actor named Millicent Simmonds.

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