My Wonderful Wanda

Wanda, Mein Wunder

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Don’t be misled by its saccharine title: Bettina Oberli’s dramatic comedy is many things - intelligent, funny, caustic, beautifully directed, and very cleverly structured, to name a few - but sugary sweet isn’t one of them. Wanda (Agnieszka Grochowska, perfect), the Polish single mother of two boys back in Poland, works as the live-in caretaker of rich Swiss businessman Josef (André Jung), 70. Josef is recovering from a stroke at his sumptuous lakeside family villa, and Wanda, being a no-nonsense pragmatist, makes extra cash by servicing him sexually. When she becomes pregnant, the haute-bourgeois family - Josef’s wife Elsa (an amazing Marthe Keller), brittle daughter Sofie (Birgit Minichmayr, also great), and bird-loving son Gregi (Jacob Matschenz) - comes apart at the seams…

Winningly humane, especially for an often biting satire on the haves vis-à-vis the dignified have-nots, Oberli’s comedic drama is an astutely balanced (it is, indeed, "vis-à-vis" not "versus") consideration of themes of adoption, abandonment, and other universal family concerns. The great soundtrack adds another level to what is already a very pleasurable film.

"Nuanced and beautifully shot… My Wonderful Wanda’s strength lies in its direction, screenplay, biting satire and ensemble cast." Hel Harding-Jones, The Digital Fix

Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, VIFF 20

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Includes an interview with Director Bettina Oberli

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Bettina Oberli

 
Cast
Agnieszka Grochowska, Marthe Keller, André Jung, Birgit Minichmayr, Jacob Matschenz, Anatole Taubman
Producer Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli
Screenwriter Cooky Ziesche, Bettina Oberli
Cinematographer Judith Kaufmann
Editor Kaya Inan
Music Grandbrothers (Erol Sarp, Lukas Vogel)
Switzerland 2020 110 min. In German and Polish with English subtitles 19+ Trailer | Official Website | Interview

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