TIFF Film Review - Penguin Bloom (2020)

Penguin Bloom

Penguin Bloom is based on a true story of a woman who is struggling to cope after a tragic accident. While on a family vacation in Thailand, Sam Bloom falls from a roof top patio leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. A year later, the story follows the effects this accident has had on her entire family. Sam is feeling like she’s lost who she was, while her husband continues to do everything he can to support her and raise their three boys, mostly on his own.

On a trip to the beach, one of the boys finds an injured baby magpie. He brings the little bird home to nurse her back to health and affectionately names her Penguin because of her black and white feathers. The bond between the family and Penguin is so sweet to see but what is most lovely is the friendship that develops between Sam and Penguin. This friendship changes her life forever and it’s beautiful to see that they were able to help each other on the road to recovery.  

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