‘Penguin Bloom’ review: Naomi Watts brings grit to family drama

“Penguins Bloom” is the second real-life trauma drama that drops within a week. It’s not as hierarchical or radical as Friday’s great feature release, Our Friend, but it’s touching and exciting, but often painful, dealing with the aftermath of a single tragic event. Look at the family you are in.

In 2013, Samantha “Sam” Bloom (Naomi Watts) accidentally roofed when a rotten wooden guardrail broke while on vacation in Thailand with her husband Cameron (Andrew Lincoln) and three little sons. I jumped from. It left the vibrant athletic bloom paralyzed down from the chest and was forced to rebuild her life in her native Australia, despite severe physical restrictions and overwhelming depression. .. Then an unexpected visitor changed everything.

Sean Grant and Harry Clips have lovingly adapted the 2016 book by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Grave, at least partly in the presence of an injured magpie chick rescued by Bloom’s eldest son Noah. Tells this vibrant story of Sam’s amazing update due to (Griffin Murray Johnston) — the movie narrator — and was cared for back in good health by the family.

There is no lack of figurative similarities between the wild black-and-white bird Noah named Penguins and the disabled Sam. At least one of these: Magpies need to learn to fly again, and once energetic Sam, well, has to find a way to soar again. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction when it feels like a beak.

When she met Sam at her home in Sydney’s Northern Beaches after the accident (the movie was shot at the bright seaside home of the actual Bloom family), she was naturally angry, frustrated, and self. I am suffering from pity. If overwhelmed by Cameron and his growing energetic sons, don’t know what her current location is in an attentive life, ex-nurses include her hovering mom (Jackie Weaver) Withdrawing from friends and family, one day I can hardly get out of bed.

So when Noah brought the penguins home, it’s not surprising that Sam had little patience with the penguins, so spooky birds couldn’t stay with them for long. It is clear that. That is, one day Sam is left in charge of the penguins, drawn to his beloved creatures, and quickly strengthened.

When “Peng” becomes part of the family, she brightens Sam’s outlook and proves the catalyst that begins to bring Bloom back closer. And while birds cause a bit of turmoil, thankfully there are few magpies that “magpies do crazy things.” (Scream to the bird trainer Paul Mander.)

Another result, encouraged by Cameron, is that Sam tentatively embarks on a series of kayaking lessons under the guidance of tough love (love-emphasizing) gay (Rachel House). Mastering sports will be Sam’s lifeline and game changer. Sam actually competed in the World Kayak Championships and later won two World Adaptive Surfing titles.

The kayaking scene gave director Glendyn Ivin and cinematographer Sam Chiplin the opportunity to film the dazzling landscape of the region, which is beautiful throughout the coastal film. The warm, heavy string score of Marcello Zavos provides great support.

Helped by its clever performance, the film takes the plunge in managing its tricky emotional realms and rarely immerses itself in emotions and simple reconciliation. This is especially true and rewarding when Sam finally has to confront the sensitive Noah who blames her mother’s accident (he takes her to where she fell). I did).

Again, producer Watt brings a powerful amount of grit and despair, as well as inspirational longing and hope, to her difficult role. The moments of Sam’s strenuous physical exercise and wit-end rushing can be hard to see, but they give the film a harsh reality and earn its more cathartic part particularly well. The latest scene by the lighthouse: Take out the handkerchief.

“Tell me the penguins”


Execution time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Regeneration: Available on Netflix on January 27th

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