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This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)

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A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower.

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Bella Brown
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Vernon
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Billy
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Alfie Stephenson
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Bramble
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Milly
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A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower.

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life blooms in enchanting ways


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Rated PG for some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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20 October 2016 (Slovenia)  »

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Der wunderbare Garten der Bella Brown  »

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Originally announced in 2009, with Carey Mulligan and Joanna Lumley attached to star. See more »

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Show Me the Way to Go Home
Written by Hal Swain and Irving King
Published by Chester Music Limited trading as Campbe
Performed by Eileen Davies
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Wonderful Cast & Characters
12 May 2017 | by (Cambria, California) – See all my reviews

To make myself feel balanced and fair, I deducted one star for predictability -- but just one. Knowing where characters are going is not a huge crime.

I love this cast. Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott are renowned for creating and inhabiting completely formed characters. Jessica Brown Findlay is hot on their heels. She first came to my attention as Lady Sybil in DOWNTON ABBEY. Now she's scorching the small screen in HARLOTS with an incredibly complex character. In this film she is nerdy and quirky, but wears it well. With lesser actors, similar roles feel labored and annoying.

The impossibly handsome Jeremy Irvine is well matched with Findlay, their luminous nerds are such a guilty pleasure and I was happy to see their story-line progress.

If this were a Hollywood effort, the band of misfits would probably be one-dimensional and unpalatable. What we have here are misfits who are relatable: co-workers, strangers at the market, family, friends, and possibly ourselves.

This is a film full of heart that some modern directors are too scared to make: it's adorable and full of heart. Written and directed by Simon Aboud (COMES A BRIGHT DAY), it's sweetness is delightful and delicate without being overpowering.


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