DFT @ Home | My Wonderful Wanda

(Switzerland/2020—directed by Bettina Oberli) 

A refreshingly comic satire of the haves and the have-nots at a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland, this award-winning charmer is the story of Polish caretaker Wanda (Agnieszka Grochowska) who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef (André Jung) the stroke-ridden patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept in navigating the tricky family dynamics between the two grown (if still childish) offspring and the elegant if controlling matriarch Elsa (an amazing Marthe Keller), along with the sporadic intervention of animals stuffed or alive.

But when an unexpected turn of events flips the best-laid plans upside down, My Wonderful Wanda turns a sharp and astute eye to the present-day realities of class injustice; thanks to writer-director Bettina Oberli’s empathetic lens, it is never less than a very human comedy. Nora Ephron Award, Tribeca Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Feature, Vancouver Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. (111 minutes)

“A punchy satire, full of surprising twists! One gorgeous sequence that makes use of magical realism melts the heart.” -Alissa Simon, Variety

"A delightful comedy of manners... sharp and revealing." – Harvey Karten, Big Apple

 

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