Synopsis by Mark Deming
A gifted teenager is thrown for a loop when her parents' marriage falls apart in this coming-of-age drama set in the early '70s. Alex Markov (Angela Gots) is a 16-year-old who dreams of a career as a professional dancer; unlike many girls with similar goals, Alex is blessed with supportive parents, Dan (Robert Hayes) and Clarice (Ellen Greene), and a dance coach, Natalie (Genevieve Bujold) who believes she has the talent to make it. But Alex's life is shaken to the foundations when Dan and Clarice announce they're getting a divorce. Alex isn't sure how she feels or who is to blame; her boyfriend Patrick (Danny Masterson) seems more interested in drinking than being supportive, and her close friends Alissa (Soleil Moon Frye), Camelia (Alison Lohman), and Jan (Lisa Brenner) are as startled and befuddled as she is. Alex in Wonder was the first feature film from writer and director Drew Ann Rosenberg.
coming-of-age, dancer, divorce, gifted/talented, teenagers