I watched the trailer for this so many times on the title roll on Netflix before actually deciding to watch it, I have to be in the right mood for a true story. The film is beautifully written and portrayed by all of its actors and I think they did the storyline proud. 


Penguin Bloom is based on the book of the same name, it tells the true story of Cameron Bloom and his wife Sam and their three boys. After a near fatal accident whilst holidaying in Italy leaves Sam paralysed from the waist down, she falls into depression, struggling to cope with the new life she has been dealt. Confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, sam finds it difficult to do previously simple tasks. Naomi Watts gives the audience an awe inspiring look at how the life you once had and took for granted can be taken away from you. 


When all seems to have gone dark for Sam, and her relationship with her family teeters on the edge, an unusual ally comes into their lives in the shape of a baby magpie. With her wings unable to fly but her spirit ever high, the little magpie named Penguin, teaches Sam that even though she can't do something she once could, she still has a life to live. 


The story then follows of Sam becoming more and more interested and concerned for Penguin, her husband and mother make every attempt to get her out of the house. Naomi Watts does a great job of portraying the emotional impact of paralysis on someones life and when she finally decides to try and make something of her life, Rachel House who plays the character Gaye, really brings its to the film. Gaye encourages Sam to try a different sport that even with paralysis she can still enjoy. 


Whilst the film centres around Sam's accident and her recovery, the film brings to light the feelings of one of Sam's children who is riddled with guilt. Throughout the film he is certain that had he not led his mother to the roof of the building that day, and had she not lent on the railing, the accident would never have happened. The storyline is picked up and dropped throughout however makes a good finale in the end and is acted out well by all. 


I enjoyed the movie and was touched throughout, if you want an inspirational and heartwarming watch, this ones for you. 




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