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Possibly the last Ghibli film, still a strong effort
"When Marnie was There" is about a lonely girl named Anna who stays with her Aunt and Uncle in the countryside for heath reasons and while there she strikes a friendship with Marnie, an unusual girl who lives in an old mansion by the lake.
Hiromasa Yonebayashi's second film as a director, following "The Secret World of Arietty" is a wonderful tale about adolescence and growing up. The film has beautiful animation and a style that departs from Miyazaki's films - being more grounded in reality, but still having moments of magical realism whenever the two girls meet.
Pacing can seem slow and sedate at times, especially for the first forty minutes when not much seems to be happening in terms of plot, but if you see it through to the end, everything comes together nicely in this mysterious and sometimes emotional story.
Studio Ghibli have said that "Marnie" might be their last picture, or at least their last feature film - which is a bit sad because the company has consistently made excellent animations throughout the years - Miyazaki or otherwise. I hope they do return with more films in future, developing a new generation of talent and keeping traditional animation alive.
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