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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published January 16th 2020
A celebration of listening, gentleness & understanding

Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired, Michelle Heller's film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the film offers a powerful, affecting message about honesty, acceptance and understanding. It is a timely story filled with kindnesses that triumph over cynicism.

The film is about how a man devoted his life to be kind. He helps a man with a professional investment in scepticism become a little more thoughtful and to talk about his feelings.

Based on the true story of the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks who portrays Mister Rogers, the beloved children's television host and comes to the aid of Lloyd (Matthew Rhys), a suffering magazine writer who overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most-loved neighbour.

Lloyd is a soul in torment, a guy who has lost touch with his better self. He has a kind-hearted wife, Andrea (Susan Kelechi Watson), and a new baby Gavin. Mathew Rhys' character has closed off certain emotions to survive, but when the film progresses, we begin to understand Lloyd's anger and sadness. The primary source of his anguish is his father, Jerry (Chris Cooper), an old-school drinker and philanderer from whom Lloyd's estranged from for most of his adult life.

When Lloyd's given an assignment to write a short piece profile on Mister Rogers, pushed on by his editor (Christine Lahti), it turns out to be something of a miracle interviewing Mister Rogers, as given him an emotional journey that shaped Mister Rogers' philosophy, with his profile subject doubling as a therapist.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is an honest and raw film that is easy to relate. It is modest and a quiet story; however, it did not quickly turn into a preachy, sentimental and overstated movie.

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Why? Based on a true-story about acceptance, kindness & understanding
When: From 17 January 2020
Where: Cinemas near you
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