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This Beautiful Fantastic

Bella has two obsessions and one big wish: she arranges things constantly, she hates nature, and she wants to write children’s books. But when she sits in front of her typewriter at night, she can’t come up with anything – until her grumpy ...


BELLA BROWN is a full-on cuteness attack and creates a poppy, colorful magical work where wishing on something can still help. Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay, Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey), was raised by nuns and is now a young woman with a hat and a soft spot for grey. She has two obsessions and one big wish: she sorts out everything, like the food on her plate, hates nature, and wants to write children’s books. However, when she sits in front of her typewriter in her quaint English home in the evening, she can’t think of anything to write. Luckily Bella isn’t alone in the world. Her nasty neighbor Alfie (Tom Wilkinson, unbeatably charming as always) lures her outside when he complains to the landlord about the neglected garden. Threatened with being evicted, Bella has to take care of the weeds and the trash. A sweet Irish cook with twin daughters and a quirky inventor who is building a mechanical bird stand by her side. Food, gardening, and flying are the metaphors for freedom that BELLA BROWN works with. The food on the plate gets messier, the garden transforms into a sunny gem with a pond, and Bella finds the courage to write her story. BELLA BROWN celebrates artificial self-actualization. Whether creativity can really help overcome obsessive thoughts is beside the point. The film is realistic about one thing: there has to be someone who can finance all of this happiness.


Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: This Beautiful Fantastic
USA, Großbritannien 2016, 100 min
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Simon Aboud
Author: Simon Aboud
DOP: Mike Eley
Music: Anne Nikitin
Distributor: NFP/Filmwelt
Cast: Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Irvine, Jessica Brown Findlay, Anna Chancellor, Andrew Scott
Release: 15.06.2017



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