‘Penguin Bloom’ Trailer: Naomi Watts Overcomes Tragedy With The Help Of A Magpie

Movies about battling back from terrible illness or injury are prime real estate during the awards season, which makes the lack of buzz about Penguin Bloom a little disappointing. That and it stars Oscar nominee Naomi Watts should have it high on a lot of lists, but perhaps all that is needed is for the right trailer to come around at just the right moment.

As seen in the trailer for Penguin Bloom, Watts stars as Sam, a woman who is paralyzed after a near-fatal accident, and must learn to cope with the new reality that is her life. The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln stars as her husband, Cameron, who helps her rebound by caring for Penguin, an injured bird.

Also in the cast are Jacki Weaver, Rachel House, and Leeanna Walsman.

The film is based on the real-life Sam Bloom, whose story was captured in a novel adapted by writer Shaun Grant and directed by Glendyn Ivin.

Penguin Bloom debuted last year at TIFF and the reviews weren’t great. Netflix has confidence in it, however, and will release it on January 27th.

Based on the incredible true story, Penguin Bloom follows Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts), a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. As she learns to adapt to her new life, she finds hope in an unlikely hero, a small bird named Penguin.


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