This Beautiful Fantastic

This Beautiful Fantastic

DVD - 2017
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Set against the backdrop of a beautiful London garden, tis contemporary fairy tale. Facing eviction in a month if she can't resurrect the dying garden in her backyard, reclusive librarian Bella Brown meets her grumpy next-door neighbor, who happens to be a talented horticulturalist. As the two form an unlikely friendship, Bella begins to wonder if she can revive both the garden, and her dreams of becoming a children's book author.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,English Dolby digital 5.1
video file,DVD video
Call Number: DVD THI

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jonnybroom
Aug 27, 2020

A little movie that delivers real small pleasures. It's archaic and timely at once.

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reginator_22
May 18, 2020

I admit, I didn't think I would like this movie at first. But I think it's a solid film, a good romcom!

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iloveseaotters
Apr 28, 2020

Wow, what an amazing movie! I absolutely loved it! The title describes the movie perfectly and it had all the elements I love; romance, sweetness, beautiful scenery, libraries, books and some sadness too. I know that there are a lot of viewers who didn't care for it, but I highly recommend it. I love finding new movies and the main actor reminded me of a brunette Molly Ringwald and the actor who played her friend reminded me of Bill Paxton and Mark Ruffalo. Did I mention that I loved this movie? =)

LPL_TraciB Jun 01, 2019

I adored this movie! It put a big smile on my face and made me want to run out to my overgrown yard & give it some love. Its quirkiness & charm reminded me of the movie Amelie. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to immediately watch it again. If you get hung up on realistic details, you might not be as charmed by this movie. But if you can just go along with it, you'll enjoy it. It's a bit of a fairy tale done in a way that you aren't sure what time it's set in. It seems to be a period piece but little details set it more in the present, such as when the main character Bella, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (who played Lady Sybil Crawley in Downtown Abbey), answers her cordless phone.

It's a love story in several ways. Bella finds romance in the movie, but the bigger love story is the relationship between her, her crotchety neighbor, and his cook. Pop some popcorn enjoy

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Sassylady54
Jan 19, 2019

Not to seem redundant, but it is absolutely a beautiful story and we'll worth the watch.

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beaches4evr
Jan 14, 2019

"hammer59" says it all perfectly! Folks, you're in for a treat in this one!

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hammer59
Dec 13, 2018

Charming and beautifully made. Great story, adorable characters, really a brilliant film for all ages. MUST see this! Enjoy!!!!

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INVS
Aug 04, 2018

I'll see any film with Tom Wilkerson. Apparently I didn't read the fine print as I had no clue what this was about. Fortunately for me it developed beautifully, had a significant moral to this tale. The gardening & knowledge of, made me envious. The food chatter made me so hungry...for a really good chef to prepare a meal.

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jicks
Jun 09, 2018

Our whole family loved this movie. Fantastic acting and character development. Heartwarming with a bit of bittersweet. Inspires a love of gardening and highlights the importance of interconnections with friends. Brings to light the challenges of living with OCD. One of the better movies I've ever seen. A little bit of rough language (particularly "bloody this and that"), but otherwise very comfortable having our kids watch this movie, which seems to be a rare occurrence these days. Enjoy! It isn't an action movie if your looking for that and it is a bit . . . . more of a "chick flick," but one I enjoyed immensely.

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grammaE
Apr 28, 2018

Love this! If you are a romantic, you will too. Whimsical, funny, sad, satisfying. No sex, no bad language. Tinge of possible autism/OCD (quirkiness) but not clarified.

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reginator_22
May 18, 2020

Bella Brown: You know, I believed those things you said.

Alfie Stephenson: Why would you say that?

Bella Brown: Vernon told me how many times he's heard the exact same stories. Shame on you.

Alfie Stephenson: You should doubt only a man who changes his story. I only repeat myself in the vague hope that one day somebody will actually hear me.

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2017

First scenes, introduction of orphan Brown:
Bella Brown... Well, what can I say? There was nothing normal about the girl. It's a miracle she survived at all after her arrival in the world. They say she would have perished if it hadn't of been for the ducks. Sat on her like an egg, they did. Treated her as one of their own. She was finally discovered by one of those ancient lunatics who frequent the parks of our city and seem to enjoy hypothermia. She grew into the oddest of oddballs, terrified by the unpredictability of nature and flora, in particular. Where on earth that came from, I dread to think. She's always had a preoccupation with order that would have tried the patience of a saint, never mind the nuns at Saint Fedelma's. Bella Brown! It's an insular and solitary world for Miss Brown, just her and her books. Hers was a story just waiting to be told but the obsessive little world she created meant that this was one book that remained firmly shut.

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2017

Helianthus. Giant sunflower. Start off with them, they're incredibly beautiful.
They need a lot of light and heat. They follow the arc of the sun from dawn until dusk, extracting maximum energy from every day. It's a very... a very clever flower. Think about that.

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2017

I'm a dying man. Unlike you, I don't have long left. Time is my enemy. I mourn every minute. Every precious second marks my life draining away.
-That's dreadful, I had no idea.
I don't have much to give me comfort, no friend, no family, no one to love
I only have the beauty of nature and the promise of a hearty last meal.
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In some countries, they hold parties when it starts to rain. But here, we just scurry around and run for cover. It's the most important currency in the world. and yet in our green and pleasant land, where we take so much for granted, we see it only as a means of ruining expensive hairdos and making taxi drivers rich.

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2017

This garden is taking forever.
-Everything that matters takes time. You can speed read but you can't speed garden.
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Well, long ago, before the world was round, ...
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Which one's Sid?
-The scruffy one.
Well, I bet he was a looker in his day.
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I bet even Arthur would have been daunted by this garden.
-No, he would have relished it. A totally blank canvas, a chance to create your own masterpiece.
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How do we make a garden? How do we build a color palette? How do we create depth and texture? How do we keep interest from April to October?
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It's a world of beautifully ordered chaos. No, no, that's chaos, not calamity, Miss Brown. because if you don't understand the difference, we won't go very far.

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jimg2000
Aug 13, 2017

Luna screamed to the traveler: "Why did you do that? I can't fly."
"Says who?" He replied.
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"A true gardener can create more happiness propagating life in one seed
and seeing that single flower unfold, than a rich man could ever get from his perfect, rolling lawns."
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As per my somewhat pedantic instructions, I assume that you are all in your garden, which I hope is looking as good as I expect.
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Care to dance?
-Oh, don't be stupid!
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You were a wonderful pupil and a dearly treasured friend. You helped me remember the good things.

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Crpalace68
Nov 20, 2017

Crpalace68 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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