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 teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant preteen girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.
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.
Having only seen Tales from Earthsea from Goro Miyazaki earlier, I didn't get my hopes up much for this film to hold the nostalgia and love that has become Studio Ghiblis trademark. Boy was I wrong. I didn't like Spirited Away too much since it involved supernatural phenomena which gave the writers a lot of "creative freedom", and Princess Mononoke was just too violent. With Hayao doing the script and Goro directing this time, father and son have made movie history together.
Being a member of my hometown's constructional board myself, I can relate to how Tokyo's counterpart must have been in a hurry to clean up the city from old buildings before the 1964 olympics, and how student opinion tends to lean towards preserving what has been at their school since they started. Characters are very believable and follow some patterns that make us think "ah, I know someone just like that!". Animation is beautiful of course. Not the lush greenery of Arietty, but everything feels like a very realistic depiction of what 1964 Tokyo suburbs must have looked like. I'm going all in and give this movie a 10 out of 10, because it's the best animated movie I have seen in a lot of years.
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