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Wondrous Oblivion Review

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Eleven year old David is crazy about cricket but can't play to save his life. When a Jamaican family move in next door and put up a cricket net in the garden he quickly befriends them and asks for lessons - but the neighbourhood in 1960s London are less willing to tolerate these new arrivals.

★★★★★

A young Jewish boy, David (Sam Smith), wants nothing more than to be good at cricket — and when he begins taking lessons from his new Jamaican neighbours, it looks as though his ambitions might be realised. Except this is 1960s South London, and his efforts to befriend the new arrivals doesn’t sit too well with the small-minded locals who just about tolerate

David’s own family.

Paul Morrison’s follow-up to Welsh/Yiddish romance Solomon And Gaenor (a Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee) is a charming coming-of-age comedy drama that comes over as a cross between Billy Elliott and Far From Heaven, and blends its more serious themes (racism and immigration) with a touch of sporting fantasy.

It’s too lightweight to truly succeed as a memorable social drama, but the film’s sweet-natured, eager-to-please tone — backed by Smith’s appealing performance —makes for enjoyable viewing.

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