Julianna Moore and Michelle Williams and the cast of Wonderstruck appeared on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday.


The film, directed by Todd Haynes, is a partially wordless story about deaf teenager living in 1927 Hoboken, and is one of the most-anticipated film at the famed festival. Deaf actress 14-year-old Millicent Simmonds leads the project, and her performance is being hailed as a breakthrough.

Simmond’s character Rose has a romantic interest in a boy, Ben, who recently lost his mother in a car accident. Rose’s story is told in black and white with no dialogue, while Ben’s part is told in color with sound.

Wonderstruck is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Brian Selznick. The film received a warm applause after the 8:30 am screening this morning. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is “a genuinely affecting story of children and family that doubles as a work of fabulous cinematic artifice,” and Variety said it “is a movie that literally tries to add up, piece by piece, into a fully assembled puzzle of greatness, but the puzzle is less than transporting because you can still see all the seams.”

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