Wondrous Oblivion [DVD] 
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Bittersweet coming-of-age drama set in 1960s England. David Wiseman (Sam Smith) is the 11-year-old son of Jewish immigrants, now settled in a working class London suburb. His passion is cricket, a game for which he has all the kit but no skill, making him a laughing stock at school. When a new family moves in next door and sets up a cricket net in the back garden, David's dreams of learning how to play start to become a reality. He spends more and more time with the new neighbours, joining in as the father, Dennis (Delroy Lindo), coaches his daughter Judy (Leonie Elliott). But his new friends are West Indian, and David's initial delight soon turns to bemusement and consternation as he watches them become the victims of bigotry and racial hatred. To complicate matters further, David's mother Ruth (Emily Woof) finds herself becoming attracted to Dennis, leading to a strained relationship with her husband Victor (Stanley Townsend).
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Then imagine a Jamaican family moving in next door who (you guessed it) pretty much live for cricket.
This film is an explosive mix of passion both about the sport itself but also about the blossoming of domesticated Ruth Wiseman (David's mother)
( Quote'' Nobody taught me how to be a woman'')
Wondrous Oblivion is also about the power of friendship and depicts David's rite of passage.
The film manages to successfully blend the stark elements of racism of 60's London with the growing bond, that knows no boundaries, that is established between the Wisemans and the Samuels.
For me, the intoxicating music and dance scenes had me spellbound- Rudy, A Message To You, Sugar Dandy and I Want To Be Free to name but a few of the classics featured.
The melodies bonded the film together to make it a moving masterpiece, all credit to Paul Morrison, the director.
By the way, never had I realised just how sensuous mopping a floor up could be (to know what I mean, you will have to see the film.....)
Wondrous Oblivion would suit all ages (you do not even have to remotely like cricket to love this film to bits.)
Just one last point. Why was this film never on general release in the UK? It deserves to take pride of place among the All Time Top Ten Greats.
There was muffled embarrassed laughter in the cinema at the line "I hope they will leave us alone now."
Yet in the movie, as in my own life, sport and especially Cricket become the bond. There are some delightfully touching scenes and wonderful depiction of a young Garfield Sobers and Frank Worrall visiting and inspiring the local black community.
While the recreation of the detail of the period is precise, I am sure my own son who loves cricket will enjoy the film and see his own modern parallels of running off at every opportunity to play cricket with the local Asian community.
Why on earth did this film not go on general release?
"Wondrous Oblivion" is a very charming, enjoyable movie that has some cricket in it but that's not really what it is about, though the cricket scenes are very well done. Set in the South London of the 1960,s the film centres on David (Sam Smith), an 11 year old Jewish boy who is obsessed with cricket but can't play for toffee, something I and Geraint Jones are all too familiar with .When a Jamaican family-the Wiseman's- move in next door this provides David's family with two opportunities .Firstly, as immigrants themselves the new lot deflect some of the racism and suspicion away from them, something they feel guilty about but are grateful for none the less. Secondly the Wiseman's father (Delroy Lindo) is a cricket fanatic too , with connections to the West Indian test team and is happy to coach the boy, even going to the lengths of erecting some nets in his back garden.
There are themes of social exclusion/inclusion , friendship , family , growing up, and the unifying power of sport running through the movie and it's all deftly handled by director Paul Morrison .The characters are never portrayed as stereotypes , the acting is first class with Smith and the hugely underrated Lindo most impressive.Read more ›
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Nice film for those who like cricket. Also for those who like nostalgia - 1950s / 60sPublished 14 months ago by PW
A moving and fascinating tale of the drawing power of cricket and its ability for races/religions to mix together.Published 20 months ago by Mr. Raymond M. Hart
We enjoyed it, could recommend it to a family and we would watch it again.
Good delivery,interesting story in the end.
Fabulous. One not to miss. A classic British film. My dad was a huge cricket fan and this took me straight back in time. Delivered quickly over the Christmas periodPublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by eve
I'm a cricket fan and films about cricket in our lives are very welcome. It looks back to the 1950s and has a deliberately old fashioned air. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by poetseye