Two films well worth watching – excellent in every way: The Wonder (Netflix) and Where the Crawdads Sing (Amazon). Brilliant female leads.

In The Wonder, the latest film by Sebastián Lelio (director of the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman), Florence Pugh plays Lib Wright, a 19th-century English nurse sent to the Irish Midlands by local authorities to observe Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy), an 11-year-old girl who claims she hasn’t eaten in four months and subsists solely on “manna from heaven.” According to Anna — and the mythology that quickly grows around her — she doesn’t even take bread or water; her faith-bound parents agree not to intercede with any nourishment for their daughter beyond what they collectively claim God is providing.

One review sums it up well: In simple terms, this movie is magnificent, whichever perspective of it one takes into consideration: the finest acting of Daisy Edgar-Jones and David Strathairn, in particular; script; camera; music; nature; or all of them taken together. Brilliant. Ann ap had read the book and enjoyed the film version as well. Daisy Jessica Edgar-Jones is an English actress. She began her career with the television series Cold Feet – I thought I recognized her from somewhere! Must admit I gave up on ‘Normal People’ after about 10 minutes. Not my thing, as we say.

It was a free view from my AMAZON subscription.

FROM 7 NOVEMBER THIS YEAR ‘Like winning the lottery!’ – Kíla Lord Cassidy on starring in The Wonder, the stunning film she’s too young to see

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