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Wondrous Oblivion (2007)

Sam Smith , Leagh Conwell , Paul Morrison  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Smith, Leagh Conwell, Dominic Barklem, Jo Stone-Fewings, Emily Woof
  • Directors: Paul Morrison
  • Writers: Paul Morrison
  • Producers: David Kosse, Jill Tandy, Jonny Persey, Kevin Loader, Lesley Stewart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M7XRCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wondrous Oblivion" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director Paul Morrison
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Eleven-year-old David Wiseman lives with the singular dream of being a cricket star, but much to the dismay and ridicule of his classmates, he is all passion and no skill. The son of a traditional Jewish family living in the racial and cultural turbulence of 1960’s South London, David and his world are shaken by the unexpected arrival of the Samuels, a lively and big-hearted Jamaican family. When Dennis Samuels (Delroy Lind, THE CIDAR HOUSE RULES) erects a cricket net in his backyard, David is ecstatic. However, David’s enthusiasm is not shared by all in his racially-charged community and the Wisemans find themselves

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
OK, so as an American you don't know anything about Cricket. That's OK. What you need to know, the film gives you because it really isn't about the game, it's about families, friendship, and racism. Set in the 1960s London, but not tied to a specific year, we get to know David Wiseman (played invitingly by Sam Smith) as a boy full of daydreams, a tremendous love for Cricket, and absolutely no ability. He can't catch, can't throw, can't run, and can't hit. Of course, this means that his friends at the school he attends (we would call it a private school in America) make fun of him. David doesn't care because he loves the game so much he is oblivious to the state of his skills. The coaches finally put him on the team to change the scoreboard (there are lots of runs in Cricket).

He lives in a working class neighborhood with its tiny yard, and the row houses mean that the neighbors are all busybodies, too. Being the only Jewish family in the neighborhood they get treated differently, but coldly polite since it is fewer than 20 years since the end of the World War II and the holocaust. David's father has a little shop that consumes all of his time and attention. In one scene, the family is sitting around the table making cushions to sell in the shop.

David's mother, Ruth (Emily Woof), is clearly younger than the father and seems almost too pretty to be the wife of a small time shopkeeper. This becomes an important fact in the story. She is a person of dreams and emotions. And while she is devoted to her family and especially her children, the father's obsession with work denies her the emotional fulfillment she clearly needs.

A new family is moving in next door to them and somehow the neighborhood makes it the Wiseman's responsibility as to who moves in.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie to feel good about March 23, 2007
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"Wondrous Oblivion" is a movie about coming to terms with differences. We are all different, yet deep within, we are all alike. Powerful proof of this is the relation between the boy in the movie (a white Jewish kid living in a Jewish neighborhood in Britain, some time in the sixties) and the black man living next door (a Jamaican family man who recently moved in). Both share a love for cricket and the sport unites them in the middle of an odd circumstance, where the rest of the neighbors embark on a racist crusade against the newly arrived black family. The boy's family overcomes their initial prejudice and stand up firm for their neighbors and what's right, as they realize how much alike they all are, in spite of the difference in the color of their skins.

Though there are a couple of moments that may not be the most appropriate for children under 13, the movie in general is a great lesson in tolerance and friendship for everyone in the family.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved it! March 22, 2007
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I am always looking for a good, coming of age movie to share with my kids, ones without the usual violence and special effects to knock you off your seat. Wondrous Oblivion delivers this and so much more as it goes straight for your heart. It's a coming of age drama with some very touching moments as two families learn more about themselves than they may have originally cared to. One family, Jews touched by the horrors of the Holocaust face discrimination in their small English town but then must face the darkness of their own prejudice when a black family moves next door. I was impressed with David's father, Victor, a man of deep conviction who struggled in silence with threats against his family while dealing with his own uneasiness and fear of the black family his son is now becoming so attached to. What I originally interpreted as stubbornness soon reveals itself as an internal conflict within his own soul.

This is a wonderful movie for families and I highly recommend watching it with your children. The lesson they will learn from this beautiful movie will last a lifetime.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Heartwarming Story: An Excellent Film! March 19, 2007
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WONDROUS OBLIVION may seem a puzzling title for this film about racism, coming of age, and understanding and acceptance, but if it is meant to tag the feelings with which the viewer is left after the film, the phrase describes it well. Some critics have labeled this a cross between BILLY ELLIOTT and FAR FROM HEAVEN and while that comparison may be a bit too heavy, the films share many things in common. Writer/director Paul Morrison has stirred the pot of nostalgia with all the right ingredients the result is a film that should bring a very large audience to its feet.

The time is the 1960s in London in a neighborhood shared by Jews and other faiths. One family in particular, the Wisemans, live comfortably as German immigrants whose elder family members died in Nazi Germany. David Wiseman (Sam Smith) is eleven years old, and preoccupied with cricket, a sport for which he collects souvenir cards and idolizes players yet who has no skills at playing the game, but stays with his passion with the school team as a score keeper. His father Victor (Stanley Townsend) is all business, and his mother Ruth (Emily Woof) is a kind woman who seems to need more attention than her husband offers. Into the house next door moves a family from Jamaica - Dennis (Delroy Lindo), his wife and two daughters are happy people and play Jamaican music while they construct an odd entity in the tiny back yard, a construction that ends up being a cricket court as Dennis and his daughter are devoted cricket players.

In no time the shy David introduces himself and shortly becomes invited to join in learning how to play cricket with the warmly loving Dennis and family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie to watch
Great movie to watch
Published 3 months ago by APPLESEED
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderous Oblivion
This a great film! Heart-warming and charming. There is an adult situation but it is handled well and easily skipped.
Published 14 months ago by Elsa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson in Racial Prejudice.
What really makes this film a good one on the subject of racial intolerance, is the setting. It takes place in London in the early 1960s about the time that the American Rights... Read more
Published 18 months ago by De witte leeuw.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous Oblivion movie..
I love this movie set in London in the early sixties. The story reflects on racism with the changing face of Britain as immigrants arrive from post-war Europe and the Caribbean. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by Alaura O'Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars A CHARMER WITH JEWS, BLACKS, & CRICKET!
A feel-good picture, starring the excellent Delroy Lindo from "The Ciderhouse Rules." As head of a Jamaican immigrant family moving into a London neighborhood whose occupants are... Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by dvdchap
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet coming of age story with serious overtones
David Wiseman, the 13-year-old hero of this sweet coming-of-age story, is obsessed with cricket -- but has no idea how to actually bat, bowl or field. Read more
Published on September 28, 2008 by Alan A. Elsner
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow-moving, with some disturbing messages
This film wants to be a warm and fuzzy family movie about friendship, loyalty, and learning to accept people of other races. It has a few problems going in. Read more
Published on October 7, 2007 by Paula L. Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous Oblivion
Thoroughly delightful. Very educational regarding the sport of cricket, little known or appreciated in the US.
Published on May 12, 2007 by Jonathan Ruskin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good movie from Palm Pictures
When I was young I would gather my plastic army men and wooden blocks that my brother made me and proceed to orchestrate battles as grand in scope as Iwo Jima. Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by Adam Hunnicutt
3.0 out of 5 stars Low-key look at emotionally charged issues
David Wiseman, a young Jewish boy in 1960s England, is as obsessed with cricket as anyone can be, but he's not any good at it. Read more
Published on April 3, 2007 by Jonathan Appleseed
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