This Beautiful Fantastic

 (1,633)1 h 32 min2017X-RayPG
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful London garden, this contemporary fairy tale centers on the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman who dreams of writing children's books and a cranky widower. Facing eviction over her neglected garden, Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) meets her grumpy, loveless, next-door neighbor (Tom Wilkinson), who happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.
Directors
Simon Aboud
Starring
Jessica Brown FindlayTom WilkinsonAndrew Scott
Genres
ComedyDramaFantasy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jeremy IrvineAnna Chancellor
Producers
Andrea IervolinoMonika BarcardiChristine AldersonKami NaghdiMatt Treadwell
Studio
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

1633 global ratings

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  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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KatieScarlettReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Beautiful Movie
I saw this at the Hawaii film festival, and the whole audience loved it. The actors are excellent (Downton Abbey, and Marigold Hotel fame). This is the story of a young girl who lives alone, because she is "different" in many ways. She has very few people skills, works in a library, wears the same, grey-toned clothing daily, and her little house has a very overgrown garden surrounding it--which she does not want to take care of--due to her many fears about things. Through circumstance she encounters a cranky next door neighbor, who begins to teach her many things about gardening, which spills over into her life in many wonderful and interesting ways. She meets a young man in the library, and falls in love, however the story takes some clever twists and turns, and so all is not as it should be until the end, which will surprise you. The viewer is definitely left with a warm feeling at its conclusion, along with a greater understanding of people who are "different". This is a story of hope, of friendship, and love, all told in a most unique way, and is suitable for all ages. You will love this film.
268 people found this helpful
Simple readerReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
a quirky perfect story.
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What a lovely movie... a quirky perfect story ... visually beautiful .. mesmerizing story telling .. I rented it but have decided to buy the movie.. I will share this with my daughters and granddaughters.. I wish there were more movies like this.. it is classic gentle movie..
100 people found this helpful
MagialunaReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A quiet beautiful experience of a film
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This is a beautiful film that was timely in the messages being passed on in its themes.
I haven't really had this experience before, but I'm sharing it because I do feel -off as it sounds- that my feeling of peace was related to my experience of watching the film. There was something about the characters, settings and interactions of this film that I found profoundly pleasant and relaxing. I can't really explain how or why, but I almost felt, at the end off the film, that somehow *I* has experienced a very peaceful time contemplating the meaning of life in a beautiful garden... I felt more at peace than I've felt in a while. (And with our world situation, Ive been very anxious and stressed for some time.)

(I do not, btw, mean by this that I fell asleep or was bored. Not at all. I didn't find the film boring, just enjoyably relaxing.)

All of the actors in this are very good. I originally found out about the film because I very much enjoy the work of Andrew Scott, who is fantastic- as usual.
70 people found this helpful
Kandy KaneReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Beautiful Fantastic
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This a sweet and charming little movie with the plot centered around a beautiful English garden! This movie is proof that it is possible to make a truly entertaining movie totally devoid of sex, violence and profanity! It was definitely my cup of tea! I rented it but will probably buy it and gift it to my sister who is an avid gardener and enjoyed it even more than I did. Highly recommend!
68 people found this helpful
The AdvocacyReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done film that's nice to your senses.
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If you're like me and tired of the constant barrage on your senses of substance handicapped weaponized movie making and depressing post apocalyptic monotone dreariness you'll love this movie. If you just like well done movies with quality craftsmanship and a good story, you'll love this movie.

The real difference is in the feeling you come away with. Like the feeling you get after wolfing down a dozen donuts as fast as you can while riding a motortcycle in heavy traffic, as opposed to sitting down to a 5 course meal in a fine restaurant and savoring every bite.
48 people found this helpful
J. HesterReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Absolutely love the movie. It is a feel good movie and leaves a smile on your face. I saw this in the theatre and
had to own it.
55 people found this helpful
WayfinderReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable, cliche, flawed, wonderful
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When we see the number of 4 & 5-star reviews here (currently 95% with over 500 reviews) compared to those lesser, we see a division between those who get the point of the film, and those who apparently didn't. While some of the 2 & 3 star reviews are correct technically-- they seem to miss the point that the title of this film is 'Beautiful Fantastic'. One cannot watch this with a demanding-reality mind frame and well understand the point being made.

This movie is predictably what one expects it to be. The story unfolds in a foreseeable nature, is a bit difficult to believe at points... and is completely wonderful.

It is not the purpose of this film to present a realistic, logical or believable life story. It is neither a romance story nor a real-life tale. It is a semi-fantasy in a common setting. The story-behind-the-story is the real tale being told.

The characters are quirky, obsessive and perhaps a bit too cliche-- but are well-acted and portrayed as intended to accomplish the purpose of the story. This is not about romance or gardens or the burdens of life. It is about personified flowers blooming-- all types and kinds and from different areas-- and growing beyond their self-defined patch of ground. It's perhaps best not to go into this expecting something other than fantasy-with-a-purpose. Some may otherwise find it trite and disappointing, when it is in fact a duck that grows into a swan.

One cannot force this film into a personal cookie-cutter reality. That wasn't the goal of the film-- nor what fans of this film take from it. It is charming and emotional and fun and endearing, and well worth the time spent watching the entire film, all the way through.
11 people found this helpful
IrishLassReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
ONE of my favorite new movies of this past year!!
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One of THE best movies of the year!! Perfect cast....sweet story line...well acted and written. Rented it then HAD to buy it as I just loved it!!! And I am choosy about what movies I buy these days. It has a fun underlying story of this underdog who is quirky and creative....and yes, beautiful...but some find her odd. But she has a good heart...is funny, creative...and her grumpy old neighbor warms up to her and visa versa....but nice little love story with her and another misfit (and hot) character as well, so you get some warm & sweet romance as well. Nothing over the top...just a nice little love story. I love movies with quirky leads that blossom into
something even greater! Just love this movie! Plus it's visually beautiful too.
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