Naomi Watts as Sam Bloom in “Penguin Bloom” on Netflix
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Whenever I watch films about an animal companion, it scares me a little, because I always have the feeling that the story has to end with the death of the creature.But I took my courage up to the Australian-made Penguin Seeing Bloom who made me cry from the start

Based on Cameron Bloom’s book about his wife Samantha’s real life tragedy of being paralyzed after injuring her T6 vertebrae – or, as she calls it, her “bra strap” – the Glendyn Ivin’s film reminds me of it

Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) play parents Sam and Cam Often times we see the hardship and confusion Samantha and her family members go through when grappling with their identity after her accident, especially considering that prior to her accident she used to surf, travel, and play around with her three wild cubs, while Sam hides her fear and frustration at their new circumstances not in front of their family. In fact, the dynamics of the house shift when the boys openly cry for their father rather than her when something comes up

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At this bleak and difficult time to watch, one of the Bloom kids brings home an injured magpie chick. The boys ask their mother’s permission to keep the adorable thing, and Sam can’t help but spend a lot of himself in it see The magpie, known for its black and white plumage, becomes an integral character and catalyst of the film Penguin offers the occasional dramatic relief in an otherwise deeply sad story, be it the antics of snapping up a dirty stuffed animal or a disgusting one Mixture of earthworms and egg whites to eat The realistic side of me was wondering how many magpies were involved in the movie, but I suppressed that thinking and let myself into the experience

In view of the magpie symbolism for luck and happiness and in dreams, it seems almost mystical that this screeching bird comes into the life of the blossoms and awakens something in Samantha that was dormant for a long time after her accident: Passion Funnily enough, Sam’s will also blooms to take care of it again while the movie is called Penguin Bloom

Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) plays Sam’s mother Jan, who often looks after Sam while her husband is at work As predicted, Jan is deeply concerned about her daughter’s depression after the accident and is doing what she can To compensate for this with cheers around the house, though we see tremors with worry and fear in Weaver’s impeccable performance, audiences will notice a redefined and varied nature of motherhood in Penguin Bloom: Sam and her three boys and Sam and Jan are the most noticeable And then there are Sam and Pinguin while the Bloom family adopts and cares for the Magpie as one of their own

The Bloom boys Noah (Griffin Murray-Johnston), Rueben (Felix Cameron) and Oli (Abe Clifford-Barr) strongly supported the plot in this family film. The young actors resembled the Bloom household with fear, innocence and childlike energy and offered many moving moments

One of the movie’s most welcome forces is Rachel House (Soul, Thor: Ragnarok), who takes Sam under her wing – pun very much intended – and teaches her to recognize her new form without walking around on tiptoe, which was probably one of my favorite dynamics in the story that could have used more screen time House’s performance deserves special mention as usual

The film captures the Bloom family’s love for all things nature in their Australian coastal environment: lush greenery, open skies and no urban building in sight. Optically, the film is breathtaking, not only for these island backdrops but also for the gentle ones nostalgic approach to Sam Chiplin’s cinematography A score by Marcelo Zarvos offers a thoughtful emotional layer

Penguin Bloom has one more beauty in its emotion than in its actual storytelling – which unfortunately became a blind spot for Ivin. If the film had more structure it would have gone well and for me the film ended a little too abruptly, however realize that Watts and Lincoln signed the film because they believed in the story of Penguin and the Bloom family – which I love to see.There is renewed value and perhaps even encouragement to read the book this is on in Penguin Bloom moving story based

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