The Wonder: The Great Famine cast a dark shadow over Ireland, in 1862 the wounds were still raw so it was no surprise that miracles were hailed across the areas which suffered the worse. Some were just rumours, others hoaxes, a few had no rational explanation. Anna O' Donnell (Kila Lord Cassidy), an eleven year old girl has been fasting for four months, apparently subsisting on air and water. Elizabeth Wright (Florence Pugh), an English nurse who served in the Crimean War, is recruited by a local committee to watch over the girl, to ascertain as to whether she is really going without food. She is assisted by a nun who with her observes Anna in in 12 hour shifts. William Byrne (Tom Burke) is a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, though originally from the area he regards the whole thing as a hoax, William and Elizabeth gradually fall in love. but this romance though significant to the narrative is but a backdrop to Elizabeth's investigations. She takes steps to ensure no one but her and the nun has contact with the child but this action may put Anna at risk if she was secretly obtaining food; Anna insists she subsists on Manna From Heaven. The powers in the area have conflicting interests, some see this as a money-making tourist/pilgrim attraction, more are concerned about Anna's health, a few genuinely want to believe in a miracle. This is a land in transition, there are still the old folk beliefs, the holy wells, but the emerging power of the Catholic Church is also obvious. Political power (albeit at a local level) is shifting in to the hands of the Catholic middle classes. Elizabeth is caught between these competing forces and must strive to find a humane solution. At times I bet she wished she was back in Crimea. Great performances by Florence Pugh and Kila Lord Cassidy. There are many twists and turns in this tale and a few dark and disturbing secrets are revealed. Directed by Sebastián Lelio. Emma Donoghue, Lelio, and Alice Birch wrote the screenplay based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Donoghue. On Netflix. 8/10.