For gardeners, for Anglophiles, for anyone looking for a light-hearted, whimsical film, often compared to Amélie, watch This Beautiful Fantastic.
Starring Downton Abbey former cast member (who was Sybil), Jessica Brown Findlay as Bella Brown, a young woman aspiring to be a children’s book author, she is hobbled by an obsessive compulsive disorder; however, with the voice-over of Tom Wilkinson who stars as Bella’s elderly, eccentric neighbor, we quickly understand and sympathize with her need for order in her life.
With the nudge to learn how to garden if she is to remain in her rented home, and the help of Wilkinson’s personal chef, Vernon – played by Andrew Scott, and Wilkinson’s character himself whose gardening prowess is awe-inspiring, Bella discovers and steps into a new life of abundance not governed by fear.
Released in 2016, This Beautiful Fantastic is a film I greatly enjoyed watching last month with its light-hearted tone, multi-layered story-lines for each of the characters and the beautiful garden of Bella’s neighbor.
Watch it on Amazon Prime (free to members) now, Apple TV ($3.99) or Tubi (free).
Have a look at the trailer below.
This Beautiful Fantastic was the Petit Plaisir of episode #348 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast, “The Paradox of Manifesting the Life You Have Envisioned“.