Netflix has released the trailer for one of their latest pickups, Penguin Bloom, which debuted at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2013, Samantha Bloom (two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), her husband Cameron (The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln) and their three sons left their home in Australia for a holiday in Thailand. While enjoying a view, Sam fell off of a rooftop due to what was later determined to be a rotted railing…breaking her vertebrae in two places. Paralyzed from the chest down, Sam — a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer, and traveler — was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression that made her question who she could be in the world and in her own family.
A year later, her children bring home a wounded baby magpie they’ve found. Warily eyeing the black-and-white bird the kids affectionately named “Penguin,” Sam bonds with the household’s new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprises her husband and sons, her mother (two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver), and herself.
Penguin Bloom is based on a true story of renewal that occurred when a woman whose life seemed shattered found hope and purpose in her family’s love — and in a bird on its own journey of recovery.
Netflix will release the film on January 27, 2021. Here is the trailer.