A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood centers on Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a jaded journalist whose life takes a turn for the better after doing a profile piece on Mister Rogers (Tom Hanks). Marielle Heller, who previously helmed Can You Ever Forgive Me?, directs the fact-based feature (it’s inspired by journalist Tom Junod’s own friendship with Rogers).
“His greatest message was to listen to the other person,” said Rhys. “As a result of that, other things can unfold. If you listen properly, then empathy could follow And I think, and I include myself in this, (Lloyd Vogel’s) ability to listen has veered from the path.”
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, co-starring Susan Kelechi Watson, is now playing nationwide.