This sprawling, neo-realist-style family saga combines lyricism and social comment with bursts of Fellini-esque humour. It is set in the Italian countryside.
Dreamy but tough-minded 12-year-old Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu), the oldest of four daughters, holds her family together. Her father (Sam Louwyck) is an abrasive but vulnerable figure, struggling to make a living from his bee farm.
Monica Bellucci is the TV show host who lures the family into competing in a bizarre reality TV show celebrating the "wonders" of local culture.
The episodic storytelling style can seem haphazard but the writer-director Alice Rohrwacher succeeds wonderfully well in capturing the richness of the kids' lives in their own remote and often brutal world.Reuse content