Friday, January 22, 2016

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî) (2014)

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi. 103 min. Rated PG. Japan. Animation.

I wouldn't be spoiling anything if I said in Studio Ghibli's second post-Miyazaki feature (after Princess Kaguya), a troubled teenage girl moves to the countryside and befriends ... a female ghost her own age. We know far ahead of time the mystery behind her death will be the climax of the entire story, and when it is revealed, we realize the story is based on a huge coincidence, which is somewhat disappointing. But similar to Miyazaki's last film, the audience here is not the kids - it's rather a young adult story. The enchanting animation is what makes it worth the ride.

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