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Wondrous Oblivion

Audience Award Winner - Boston Jewish Film Festival

Meet the Wisemans; a traditional Jewish family living in suburban 1960’s England. The husband and father, Victor, works long hours in the family’s drapery store rarely finding time to spend at home. Then there is Victor’s lovely wife Ruth, ten years younger than him, she longs for excitement. Last but not least is eleven-year-old David, who dreams of becoming a cricket star, much to the dismay and ridicule of his classmates, as he is just not very good. Enter the Samuels; a lively Jamaican family that moves in next door to the Wisemans and unexpectedly changes their lives for the better. When Dennis Samuels (Delroy Lindo, The Cider House Rules) erects a cricket net in their backyard, David is in seventh heaven. Dennis kindly takes David under his wing and teachers him the skills he needs to finally make his school’s team. But again, this is 1960’s England; racial tensions are high, and the new arrivals are not welcome by all. As the Wisemans find themselves caught in the middle, they are forced to choose between aligning with the prejudices of the neighborhood and sticking by their new friends. Directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Morrison, WONDROUS OBLIVION is a gently comic coming-of-age story, a portrait of the importance of family, tolerance and standing up for what is right.

UK, 2003, 106 min, Not Rated, Directed by Paul Morrison

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