Todd Haynes sees ‘Won­der­struck’ as a gift to a new gen­er­a­tion

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion - By Gregg Shapiro Con­tribut­ing writer

Film­maker Todd Haynes en­ters new and ex­hil­a­rat­ing ter­ri­tory with his lat­est film, Won­der­struck.

Based on the young-adult book by gay au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Brian Selznick, Won­der­struck tells two seem­ingly un­re­lated sto­ries, 50 years apart.

One, shot in black and white and set in 1927, is about Rose (Mil­li­cent Sim­monds), a young, deaf girl ob­sessed with silent movies (and one ac­tress in par­tic­u­lar). Her world is about to change dra­mat­i­cally with the birth of the talkies.

The other story, shot in color and set in 1977, deals with Ben. Fol­low­ing the sud­den death of his mom, Ben em­barks on a jour­ney to New York where he at­tempts to track down the fa­ther he never met.

WiG spoke with Haynes in Oc­to­ber.

It means ev­ery­thing to me. That’s why I made the film. I wanted this to be a spe­cial gift to kids to­day, and be a film that em­braced kids mak­ing things with their hands, build­ing lit­tle build­ings. Ide­ally, kids get­ting off their phones and do­ing things that we all did as kids that I think kids still do. Hav­ing glue and tape, and marker stains on their fin­gers (laughs), and want­ing to make things. In the sto­ries of both kids, those creative prac­tices and hob­bies and in­ter­ests are the very things that take them through life and let them fig­ure out who they are and get to where they need to be.

PHOTO: MARY CYBULSKI / AMA­ZON STU­DIOS AND ROAD­SIDE AT­TRAC­TIONS

Direc­tor Todd Haynes on the set of

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