Wonder Wanders (Film Thoughts: Wonder Boy)

‘Wonder Boy’ is quite an absorbing and touching documentary. I thought it was a fluff piece about Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing -and at times, it is that – but it is also a portrait of a young man searching for his identity. He is somewhat of a wonder kid – at the young age of 35 he is the creative director for the House of Balmain. But his success cannot hide a lot of sadness – he was adopted as a baby to an all-white family. He has gone through the process of trying to find out more about his blood parents, and the film captures the process. He finds out, for example, that his mom was fifteen years old when she was pregnant (‘she was a child,’ he exclaims through tears) although by the end there are still questions (he never connects with her) Nevertheless the film takes you to his sensitive journey, and you will be riveted – and touched.

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