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Extremely cute adaptation of Michael Bond’s children’s classic, with a friendly message about emigration and hospitality thrown in.


After an earthquake destroys his home in the rainforest of Peru and Paddington the Bear loses his uncle, his aunt hides him on a cargo ship set for London. Paddington travels with nothing else but his floppy hat, a suitcase full of marmalade and a sign his aunt hung around his neck that says: Please look after this bear, thank you. Once he arrives in London, Paddington waits for a long time at the train station before the Brown family gives him shelter. But just for one night. PADDINGTON tells the story of how Paddington becomes a part of the Brown family even though he not only looks different, but he also belongs to another “species”. There is however a thriller element to the film. The evil museum taxidermist, played by Nicole Kidman, wants to steal and stuff the little bear. Paddington's cute factor is roughly 1000%. When the small bear waggles after his new family and stops to stand and take in the city and all it has to offer; his first confrontation with an escalator, adhesive tape or a teapot is at least as entertaining as a fast-paced chase through the Museum of Natural History. The cinematography and animation have a bit of Wes Anderson and a bit of an Aardman film. There are some slapstick episodes and overall the film paints a colourful picture of London. In the end Paddington is granted permission to stay and he breathes a sigh of relief, “I’m home”.

Hendrike Bake


Kanada/Frankreich/Großbritannien 2014, 95 min
Language: English
Genre: Family Film, Comedy
Director: Paul King
Author: Paul King, Michael Bond
DOP: Erik Wilson
Montage: Mark Everson
Distributor: Studiocanal
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Tim Downie
Release: 04.12.2014




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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