Director: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine
There's something quite special about this small British romantic comedy - a cinematic gem which will make all movie-goers take notice, regardless of their taste in films.
The story surrounds Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay), a beautiful reclusive young lady who suffers from anxiety disorders. She fantasizes about one day being the proud author and illustrator of a children's book. Abandoned as a child and bullied by her boss she seems to have experienced more misfortunes in life than other people her age.
When given an ultimatum to regenerate her garden else face eviction, her life takes a most remarkable turn when she meets Alfie, a cranky, wealthy old widower who is an incredible horticulturist. An unlikely friendship blooms in what eventuates as one of the most beautiful gardens in London.
This contemporary adult fairy tale is beautifully filmed and boasts a marvel cast led by award-winning actress Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) whose screen presence will mesmerize and charm audiences.
A wonderful ensemble supporting cast including Eileen Davies, Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott also enhance the quality of a production which is flawless and spell-binding.
Especially suitable for incurable romantics this story of friendship, blossoming love and the importance of overlooking obstacles will have movie-goers leaving the cinema with a newfound interest in their neglected gardens. JAKE