After gaining critical acclaim with the movie “Carol,” Todd Haynes is back with a new film called “Wonderstruck.” While it doesn’t come out in theaters until the end of October, “Wonderstruck” is the Closing Night film at this year’s New York Film Festival.
In 1977, following the death of his single mother, Ben (Oakes Fegley) loses his hearing in a freak accident and makes his way from Minnesota to New York, hoping to learn about the father he has never met. A half-century earlier, anoth Ier deaf 12-year-old, Rose (Millicent Simmonds), flees her restrictive Hoboken home, captivated by the bustle and romance of the nearby big city.
Each of these parallel adventures, unfolding largely without dialogue, is an exuberant love letter to a bygone era of New York. The mystery of how they ultimately converge, which involves Julianne Moore in a lovely dual role, provides the film’s emotional core. Adapted from a young-adult novel by The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck is an all-ages enchantment, entirely true to director Todd Haynes’s sensibility: an intelligent, deeply personal, and lovingly intricate tribute to the power of obsession.
The new film stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and Millicent Simmonds.
“Wonderstruck” will play at Alice Tully Hall on October 7, while the New York Film Festival 2017 runs from September 28-October 15. In theaters everywhere on October 20.