The Wonder

The Wonder


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In 1859, an eleven-year-old girl, subsisting on the manna from heaven alone, is fast becoming a tourist sensation. In a small Irish village, the girl has not eaten anything in months and yet survives on her faith in an almighty God. From neighboring villages, they come to bear witness to Anna, the power of God. Fresh from the horrors of the Crimean War, Lib Wright is an English nurse who is called to the village to observe Anna. She is joined on the scene by skeptical journalist Will Byrne who is sure that foul play is at hand. As the pilgrims pore through the small town, young Anna and the ever-questioning Lib grow closer. The very thing that brought them together - the miracle of Anna’s starving - is now threatening to tear them apart.

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What to know

The Wonder is a historical psychological drama produced by Netflix. The movie is directed by the Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio. The director is also one of the screenwriters, sharing a writing credit with Emma Donaghue and Alice Birch. Donaghue wrote the novel The Wonder is adapted from. Alice Birch is known for writing Lady Macbeth. Birch worked alongside cinematographer Ari Wegner on that project and they join forces again on The Wonder to help define the style and tone. Wegner served behind the camera for The Power of the Dog earning her an Academy Award nomination in the Best Cinematography category. The creative team adapting Emma Donoghue’s novel is rounded out by the musician Matthew Herbert. The English composer has previously worked with Sebastian Lelio on his movies Disobedience and A Fantastic Woman. The pair return to collaborate on The Wonder, setting the soundscape of Ireland in the late 1850s.

Heading the cast is Florence Pugh who is known for her roles in Lady Macbeth, Midsommer, and Little Women. The English actress has been nominated for an Academy Award and two BAFTAs. In this role she takes on the English nurse, Lib Wright questing for truth in the miraculous happenings in a small Irish village. Toby Jones, Josie Walker, Niamh Algar, Tom Burke, and Ciaran Hinds make up the larger cast of characters that surround this mysterious happening. Kila Lord Cassidy plays Anna O’Donnell, the eleven-year-old girl who is somehow able to live despite not eating for months. The Wonder was released on Netflix on December 7th, 2022.

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  • April 28, 2021
    • It is announced that Chilean film director Sebastian Lelio will adapt The Wonder by Emma Donoghue into a movie. Florence Pugh is confirmed to be starring.(Source: Deadline)
  • August 12, 2021
    • Filming started on location in Ireland and the expanded cast is revealed. It includes Tom Burke, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, and Dermot Crowley amongst others. A first image is released showing Florence Pugh against the backdrop of the dramatic Irish landscape. (Source: Deadline)
  • August 30, 2022
    • The Wonder is given a release date by Netflix. It is confirmed that it will have a brief cinema run in November before being released on the streaming site on December 7, 2022. It is also confirmed to be heading to the Toronto Film Festival. (Source: Colldier)
  • September 1, 2022
    • The Telluride Film Festival plays host to the world premiere of The Wonder, giving reviewers and festival-goers the first look at the Sebastian Lelio picture. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • September 16, 2022
    • The first images from the film are released showing just how dramatic the story will be. A poster is also revealed showing Florence Pugh in concentrated thought while holding the face of Kila Lord Cassidy. The set of visual images tease an intimate and emotionally high-stakes story in a vast but local landscape. (Source: Collider)
  • October 4, 2022
    • The trailer for The Wonder is released online. The clip of this psychological thriller shows the tension and confusion around a young woman claiming to have not eaten in 4 months. (Source: The Playlist)
  • December 7, 2022
    • The Wonder was released on Netflix. (Source: Netflix)


JustWatch Rating 73%
IMDB 6.6 (40k)


Drama, Mystery & Thriller


1h 48min

Age rating


Production country

Ireland, United Kingdom


Sebastián Lelio


Florence Pugh
Lib Wright
Kíla Lord Cassidy
Anna O'Donnell
Tom Burke
Will Byrne
Niamh Algar
Kitty O’Donnell
Elaine Cassidy
Rosaleen O'Donnell
Ruth Bradley
Maggie Ryan
Toby Jones
Dr. McBrearty
Ciarán Hinds
Father Thaddeus
Dermot Crowley
Sir Otway
Caolan Byrne
Malachy O'Donnell
Brían F. O'Byrne
John Flynn
Josie Walker
Sister Michael
David Wilmot
Sean Ryan
Stephen Ball
Young Gentleman
Mary Murray
Niamh Finlay
Young Woman
John Burke
Emer Casey
Woman in her 50's
Graeme Coughlan
Abigail Coburn
Ryan Girl
Ava May Taylor
Village Girl
Janet Grene
Working Class Lady
David Maine
Man at Bar