Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
College student Hana falls in love with another student who turns out to be a werewolf, who dies in an accident after their second child. Hana moves to the rural countryside where her husband grew up to raise her two werewolf children.
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect. Written by
After Hayao Miyazaki departure in late 2013, and the declarations made in mid 2014 by Toshio Suzuki (then Studio Ghibli's General Manager) according to which the studio would take a "brief pause" to re-evaluate and restructure, the public opinion has exaggerated the facts - as is often the case - till the current consensus (as of August 2015) that says that after this one the studio will never produce another feature film again. Suzuki expressed indeed some concerns about where the company would go in the future, but on the other hand Miyazaki stated, by the end of 2014, that it was not his intention to let people believe that Ghibli would shut down after his departure: "All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features". In the end, though the subject is open to speculation. See more »
An excellent Ghibli flick courtesy of Hiromasa Yonebayashi
When Marnie Was There is Studio Ghibli's last film to date, as well as the potential to be the studio's final film.
Let's critique the movie, shall we?
The Bad: Possibly the final Studio Ghibli that will ever be, since this movie is a box office faliure in its native Japan.
The Good: Gorgeous animation, as expected from Studio Ghibli, great characters, deep and enthralling story, which I will not expain in this review since it contains spoilers, excellent voice acting courtesy of Sara Takatsuki (Anna Sasaki), Kasumi Arimura (Marnie), Susumu Terajima (Kiyomasa Oiwa), Toshie Negishi (Setsu Oiwa), Nanako Matsushima (Yoriko Sasaki), Ryoko Moriyama (Elderly Lady), Kazuko Yoshiyuki (Granny) and Hitomi Kuroki (Hisako), and finally, beautiful music courtesy of Takatsugu Muramatsu and Fine on the Outside by Priscilla Ahn is a good song as well.
Since I heard Hiromasa Yonebayashi quitting Studio Ghibli, I would like to see him go to Studio Chizu and team up with Mamoru Hosoda.
If you have not seen this movie, go ahead and watch it.
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