Wanda (Agnieszka Grochowska) nurses Josef (André Jung), the patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor family, and in preparation for his 70th birthday, his wife Elsa (Marthe Keller) asks Wanda to help out on some additional maid duties. Wanda shrewdly negotiates for more money – money she sends back to her family in Poland where her parents are taking care of her children Jakob (Iwo Rajski) and Tomasz (Bruno Rajski). Their son Gregi (Jacob Matschenz) likes Wanda, making Josef jealous, and their daughter Sofie (Birgit Minichmayr) doesn’t trust Wanda, accusing her of stealing money from the family. When an unexpected complication arises, family secrets come to light and arrangements are made to try and appease everyone.
In her biting dramatic comedy of errors, award-winning Swiss director Bettina Oberli astutely tackles class issues and shows how money doesn’t buy happiness and is never simple when dealing with family and reputations. Anchored by Teen Spirit’s Grochowska, Downfall’s Minichmayr, and Marathon Man’s Keller, My Wonderful Wanda keeps the twists and turns coming, especially when Wanda’s father Pawel Kowalski (Cezary Pazura) steps into the chaos. — Judd Taylor
Bettina Oberli’s award-winning debut North Wind premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Her second feature, Late Bloomers, was a box office success Switzerland. Her latest film, With The Wind, won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno Film Festival.