The saying “kids can be cruel” has almost reached the status of a proverb or even a truism. No wonder, because most of us will have experienced it ourselves – for example with bullying at school. If not on your own body or even as a distributor, then definitely as an observer.
Due to a lack of life experience and therefore an untrained ability to empathize, verbal or even physical assaults quickly occur, especially among children, if one of them looks a little different than the others. This can be damn hard for the teased. Especially when they don’t have anyone around to strengthen their not yet so broad back.
It is about this topic, among other things, but fortunately also about love, beautiful friendships and inner strength based on a true story, “Miracle” airs today (17 August 2022) at 8:15 p.m. on Pro 7. Just a few hours later, at 12:55 a.m., there is a repeat. Are in the lead roles Julia Roberts (“Pretty Woman”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”), Jacob Tremblay from “Space” and “Good Boys”, playing great under lots of prosthetic make-up, Noah Jupe (“A Quiet Place 1 + 2 ‘) and ‘Homeland’ star Mandy Patinkin.
If you don’t have time tonight or would rather see the film ad-free, you can catch up on it with a flat-rate subscription to various streaming services without additional payment. For example with Amazon Prime Video or Joyn:
» “Miracle” on Amazon Prime Video*
» “Miracle” at Joyn*
But please don’t forget to have a small stack of handkerchiefs ready. Because “Dear Evan Hansen” director Stephen Chbosky is emotionally quite thick in his film adaptation of RJ Palacio’s novel, but then warms the heart a lot at the end. Promised!
Palacio was inspired to write the book by an experience in her personal life: when she was out with her young son, he suddenly started crying after noticing a girl with a severe facial deformity. The author wanted to move the boy away quickly so as not to upset the child and his family, but doing so only made the situation worse.
The next day, she heard singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant’s song “Wonder” on the radio. The lyrics made her realize that the incident could be a valuable lesson, not only for her son, but also and especially for adults like herself. Eventually, Merchant’s play even inspired her to write the book and titled it after him. Palacio used the words of the refrain as a prologue to the first chapter. At the end of the article we included Natalie Merchant’s visually successful music video for “Wonder” for you.
» The book “Miracle” by RJ Palacio on Amazon*
For the first four grades, August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) was raised by his mother Isabel (Julia Roberts) homeschooled. Lovingly cared for by her, his teenage sister Via (Izabela Vidovic) and father Nate (Owen Wilson), the smart boy couldn’t have had it any better. But when his parents decide with a heavy heart to send Auggie to a regular school, life begins to get serious for him.
Even leaving the family home in Manhattan scares the ten-year-old. Because of a rare genetic defect called Treacher Collins Syndrome his face is badly deformed. Which, he supposes, could make him the butt of nasty jokes. As it turns out, Auggie was right in his fears and he is immediately targeted by some thugs. But then he meets the apparently more open-minded Jack (Noah Jupe) and for the first time in his life makes friends with someone his own age…
Here’s the promised music video for “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant. The song can also be heard in the film, playing over the credits:
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