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Paddington

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

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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”.

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Credits

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
FSK: oA
Release: 04.12.2014

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Screenings

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

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