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‘SLUMBERLAND’ (L-R) Kyle Chandler as Peter and Marlow Barkley as Nemo (Netflix 2022)

They say that the holiday season is the “most wonderful part of the year,” but this might not be the case for all of us, especially for those who have lost their loved ones recently. 

Some of us might be facing the holiday season for the first time without that  special someone. And they are trying to move forward while grieving. This is the very situation Netflix’ newest family movie “Slumberland” is tackling. 

Starring Jason Momoa, Marlow Barkley, and Chris O’Dowd, “Slumberland” takes audiences to a magical new place, a dreamworld where precocious Nemo (Marlow Barkley) and her eccentric companion Flip (Jason Momoa) embark on the adventure of a lifetime. After her father Peter (Kyle Chandler) is unexpectedly lost at sea, young Nemo’s idyllic Pacific Northwest existence is completely upended when she is sent to live in the city with her well-meaning but deeply awkward uncle Phillip (Chris O’Dowd). 

Her new school and new routine are challenging by day but, at night, a secret map to the fantastical world of Slumberland connects Nemo to Flip, a rough-around-the-edges but lovable outlaw who quickly becomes her partner and guide. She and Flip soon find themselves on an incredible journey traversing dreams and fleeing nightmares, where Nemo begins to hope that she will be reunited with her father once again.

As the story plot shows, Nemo lost her father at a young age and was forced to face this reality. In an interview with MB Life, English actor Chris O’Dowd shared the things he learned from this project and gave pieces of advice on children who have lost their parents. 

“The truth is we all know that parents never really died because they live in all of us,” he says. “That’s the glory of life and it’s just a flesh. If you have an idea of what they’re like, you know the things they liked, and then, they’re still alive.”

He reminded everyone, the importance of doing things that we love—things that are worth dreaming about.

“It’s important to dream but it’s even more important to live yourself open to dreams,” he says. “That you are doing things that are interesting enough during the day, so that you get something worth dreaming about. You can’t force yourself to dream, but you can force yourself to be open.” 

Directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay”) and written by David Guion and Michael Handelman (“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”), “Slumberland” is exclusively streaming on Netflix starting Nov. 18, 2022. 

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