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Wander Darkly

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature metaphysical relationship drama has sex, language.

Movie R 2020 97 minutes
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This metaphysical exploration of a complex relationship may feel a little gimmicky, but the intense, intimate exploration of moments in a couple's life emerges as totally genuine. Much more graceful than an experimental attempt like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Wander Darkly seems to understand the inner workings of both characters at the same time. Yet, as written and directed by Tara Miele, it has a distinctly female point of view. As the scenes magically, crazily transition from one impossible location to another, from one time period to another, Adrienne responds in an emotionally logical manner, focusing on what's important, rather than trying to solve the mystery.

The couple's second chances are truly eye-opening; they relive the same moments and get a chance to compare notes and tell each other what they were really thinking. Or perhaps certain moment were misremembered: When a candle led to a fire in her room, Adrienne only remembered Matteo running away. But in his story, he returned with a fire extinguisher. Perhaps too much emphasis is put on marriage as a solution to everything, but, even so -- and even with its wallop of an ending -- Wander Darkly has enough fluid communication between its two central characters to make it something special.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 11, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: February 9, 2021
  • Cast: Sienna Miller , Diego Luna , Beth Grant
  • Director: Tara Miele
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content/nudity
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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