added: Thu, Feb 2nd '17
Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay plays a book-loving "oddball" in the new trailer for the quirky modern-day fable "This Beautiful Fantastic," which also stars War Horse's Jeremy Irvine, Sherlock's Andrew Scott, and two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson.
Interspersed with fantastical components (much in the style of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amelie"), the British film centers on the unlikely relationship between a grouchy widower (Wilkinson) and his young, eccentric next-door neighbor (Findlay), who dreams of one day becoming a children's book author.
The film is written and directed by Simon Aboud. It's his follow-up to the 2012 British crime caper "Comes a Bright Day" with Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, and Timothy Spall.
"This Beautiful Fantastic" will be released in theaters and on VOD beginning March 10th.
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower. Bella Brown is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children’s book. Despite her abandonment as a child, the all consuming OCD, the unfulfilled dream, her awful boss at the library and her paralyzing fear of flora and fauna, Bella is down but not out. She has a spark, an edge, a talent and a voice that we can feel from the get go. This girl has a preternatural survival instinct, having been found in Hyde Park in the middle of winter as a baby. When Bella is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson, a cantankerous, loveless, rich old man who lives next door. and is an amazing horticulturalist.
directed by Simon Aboud
starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Irvine, Andrew Scott, Anna Chancellor
release date March 10, 2017 (in theaters and on VOD)