TIFF 2019: First Reactions Are In for Marielle Heller’s ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

Matthew Rhys stands out in this story about a writer's life-changing meeting with Mister Fred Rogers.

Marielle Heller‘s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and it was received with open arms as critics are calling it “brilliant, tender and sweet.” The film stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

The synopsis reads:

Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Heller directs the film, written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Her last film, the Lee Israel biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” was nominated for three Oscars: adapted screenplay, supporting actor for Richard E. Grant and lead actress for Melissa McCarthy. Heller’s debut film was the 2015 dramedy, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.” This is her third directorial feature.

Tom Hanks won back to back Academy Awards for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump” in the 90s. He was most recently nominated again for “Castaway” in 2001, though many would argue that he has been close many times since. The film’s real star is said to be Matthew Rhys, who won an Emmy last year for the FX series, “The Americans.”

Read the first reactions for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” out of TIFF via Twitter:

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is produced by Big Beach Films and Tencent Pictures. It is distributed by TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures. It releases in theaters November 22.

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