On Netflix, Penguin Bloom, with Naomi Watts: a story of overcoming

The story of Sam, Cameron, their family and Penguin is real. It was reflected in a book written by Cameron, which became a best seller, and now premieres Netflix, with Naomi Watts y Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead).

The Blooms had it all. Australians, they live in an amazing house, with an ocean view, incredible sunsets, a huge trampoline in the park. Samantha and Cameron get on with ten. They met on the beach as teenagers and have been together ever since.

“Everything was practically perfect, but it came last year,” says Noah, the oldest of her three children, who must not be over 12 years old.

Sam (Naomi Watts) and Penguin, the magpie of the miracle in the title in some Hispanic countries. Netflix photo

And if you, when it comes time to decide where to go on family vacations, are between Mar del Plata or the Cordoba mountains, the Blooms considered going to Disneyland (the wish of the three boys) or Thailand, the destination that the children wanted. fathers.

There was no majority winner, and they went to Thailand.

The family, "unit". In the photo the new member is missing. Netflix photo

The family, “unita”. In the photo the new member is missing. Netflix photo

And out of nowhere, Sam falls from a high terrace. It will be seen how, but it is an accident in which she is paralyzed from the waist down, because the sixth thoracic vertebra was broken (T6).

Since returning home to Australia, Sam has been angry with life, with her, with the wheelchair she must use to get around. He loves the ocean, but does not dare to go out from under his roof, not even to the park.

The English Naomi Watts, who was already suffering enough in "The impossible", is also a producer of the film. Netflix photo

The English Naomi Watts, who already suffered enough in “The Impossible”, is also a producer of the film. Netflix photo

Locked up, and not just in the house, Sam feels different. Not the one who smiles surfing waves in the pictures, in the photos taken by Cameron hanging on the wall.

Until Penguin appears

As we said, Penguin Bloom It is based on real events, and that is how the boys do go to the beach, and find a wounded magpie chick. It’s black and white, and that’s why they call it Pingüi.

Ten magpies were trained and used to "interpret" a Penguin. Foto Netflix

Ten magpies were trained and used to “play” Penguin. Netflix photo

Is he Penguin Bloom from the title that plays with Mr. Morfi, a small teddy of Noah, the son who feels responsible because it was he who took his mother to that terrace in Thailand.

And just as Sam can no longer walk, Penguin is encouraged to jump, but does not fly. “He couldn’t fly, maybe because we don’t” is the reasoning of Noah, who understands that a family is the breadwinner of everything. Of a bird, of a son, of a prostrate mother.

Cameron, the husband and father of the family, is Andrew Lincoln, from "The Walking Dead". Foto Netflix

Cameron, the husband and father of the family, is Andrew Lincoln from “The Walking Dead.” Netflix photo

Penguin Bloom it is a story of overcoming. What is a manipulative film?

Sure.

But also, an emotional film, to which Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln -How difficult it is not to see on his face the gestures of Rick Grimes, his character in The Walking Dead– They put such a punch that they really look like a couple in real life.

The movie also features dreams and nightmares. Netflix photo

The movie also features dreams and nightmares. Netflix photo

In an unbearable plane is Jacki Weaver, who is Jan, the mother, as she has been doing as a mother almost since The bright side of life. But the important thing here is the family that lives under one roof, including the magpie, and how the arrival of the bird begins to influence Sam’s behavior.

In his professional debut, Griffin Murray-Johnston (Noah) is a revelation. There is a care in the framing, in the lighting -the landscape is beautiful- and the director Glendyn Ivin, in his second feature film, although he is a director of TV series and miniseries, does not compromise with the cliche and Penguin Bloom It is a drama, but not a drama.

Don't miss out on the photos you see between the end credits. Netflix photo

Don’t miss out on the photos you see between the end credits. Netflix photo

A round of applause for the trainers of the ten trained magpies (yes, even Penguin, the magpie, has his own Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/penguinthemagpie/ with almost 200,000 followers).

And look at the end credits for photos taken by Cameron Bloom, Samantha’s husband in real life. If they were not excited before, and they do not do it with these photographs …

“Penguin Bloom”

Good

Drama. Australia, 2020. 95’, SAM 13. From: Glendyn Ivin. With: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Jackie Weaver. Available in: Netflix