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Omoide no Mânî (2014)

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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.

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Credited cast:
Sara Takatsuki ...
Anna Sasaki (voice)
Kasumi Arimura ...
Marnie (voice)
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Yoriko Sasaki (voice)
Susumu Terajima ...
Kiyomasa Oiwa (voice)
Toshie Negishi ...
Setsu Oiwa (voice)
Ryôko Moriyama ...
Elderly Lady (voice)
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Nanny (voice)
Hitomi Kuroki ...
Hisako (voice)
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Sayaka (voice)
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Mrs. Kadoya (voice)
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Dr. Yamashita (voice)
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Young Marnie (voice)
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A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect. Written by David On

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Promise we'll remain a secret, forever.


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Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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19 July 2014 (Japan)  »

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When Marnie Was There  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$40,282, 29 May 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$765,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,152,556
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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 »

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Studio Ghibli's last? Who knows....but I wouldn't let young kids watch this one.
27 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

A while back, I watched a documentary about Hiyao Miyazaki and he sure sounded as if he was saying that after his final film, Studio Ghibli would be no more. Is this true? Not exactly, as this film soon came out...but since then things have been vague and at the very least, the studio is on some sort of hiatus. What's next? Who knows. But does this film give any weight to the argument that Ghibli certainly can go on without him? It did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature....but is it good and does it meet the studio's standards?

The film is about an asthmatic loner, Anna. She's a very sad young girl and has no friends. To help her improve her health, she's sent out to live in the country. However, she soon becomes obsessed with a seemingly abandoned mansion nearby as well as the young lady, Marnie, that lives there. But as the film progresses, the audience begins to wonder if Marnie even exists or if she's some sort of ghost. The real story about Marnie and how this all relates to Anna is something finally revealed near the end...suffice to say that you might just need some tissues. And, since it is such a melancholy film, I don't recommend it to young kids, as they won't understand what they are watching. But for everyone else, including adults, it's a very satisfying and beautiful film...and every bit as enjoyable as the best of Miyazaki. Because of this, I don't quite understand the hiatus. Why not continue the momentum and positive feelings this film will no doubt generate?! Overall, this is a very special and quite unusual film...one that probably has no chance against "Inside Out"...but still well worth seeing.


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