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Starring: Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson, Bryce Gheisar, Ariella Glaser, Orlando Schwerdt
Spin-off sequel and prequel war drama directed by Marc Forster. White Bird: A Wonder Story (2023) follows Julian (Bryce Gheisar), the bully who left Beecher Prep from Wonder (2017), who is visited by his Grandmère (Helen Mirren) from Paris, and is transformed by her remarkable story of compassion and courage. As a girl in Nazi-occupied France, Sara (Ariella Glaser), goes into hiding with the help of a schoolmate, a young man, Julien (Orlando Schwerdt), who risks everything to give her the chance to survive. Together, they find beauty and love in the secret world of their own creation.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Grandmère: Tell me about this new school of yours.
Julian: Right now, I’m just trying to fit in. It’s kind of been my motto ever since I left my old school.
Grandmère: Julian, you did not leave your old school. You were expelled for being cruel to another boy.
Grandmère: I’m sure your father has told you stories about when I was a young girl.
Julian: He says you don’t really like to talk about it.
Grandmère: I don’t. But now I think, for your sake, I must.
Vincent: [to Sara, referring to her drawings] These are really good, for a Jew.
Grandmère: [referring to Julien, the boy from her class] I didn’t even know his name, but we had in common one crucial thing. We had both seen how much hate people are capable of, and how much courage it took, to be kind.
Julien: [to Sara] You need to come with me right now. I know a way out.
Vivienne: In dark times, small things remind us of our humanity.
Julien: How would you like to visit New York tonight?
Julien: Open your eyes.
Sara: The world of reality has its limits. The world of imagination is boundless.
Sara: [to Julien] You’re the bravest person I’ve ever met.
Grandmère: You forget many things in life, but you never forget kindness. Because when kindness can cost you your life, it becomes like a miracle. Like love, it stays with you forever.