Socialist Worker

Wonderland — a slice of everyday life

by Anna Gluckstein
Issue No. 1682

Wonderland is a really good film. It is about real people you might actually know, like your friends and family. That makes it an all too welcome change from the glitzy dross that Hollywood so often pumps out. The film uses a grainy documentary style to portray a weekend in the lives of three working sisters in London. One sister is single but using lonely hearts ads to try to find a partner. Another sister is a single mum just trying to have a good time. The third is married and about to have a baby.

The film shows how alienating and lonely life can be. Even the forms of escapism open to workers, from bingo to watching football, offer only an impoverished few hours away from the harsh realities of life. But this is not a depressing film. You only get a snapshot of the family. They are portrayed not merely as victims, but as people with hope and humour wrestling for some control over their lives. Although at times the camerawork in the film is reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, the powerful soundtrack more than makes up for this.

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Sat 5 Feb 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1682
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