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When Marnie Was There

  • Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Language: English unless screening time says subtitled then it will be in the original Japanese
  • Running Time: 103 min.

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face”. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend. [GKIDS]

"There is a quality of enchantment to When Marnie Was There that can’t be faked, and that the studio behind this animated feature is justifiably famous for."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It deals with friendship, loneliness, abandonment and forgiveness, and though its curious narrative arc means you're never sure exactly where it's going, the film works up a considerable emotional charge by the end."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It’s a quiet film of modest narrative ambitions and simple shifts. But its technical and visual ambitions couldn’t be higher. It’s as if Ghibli is still trying to raise its own bar, so that even if it’s going out, it’s reminding viewers what they’d be missing."
- Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"At its most beautiful, Yonebayashi's picture is about the magic of female friendship at its purest."
- Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice
"Yonebayashi’s open-hearted tale, more than any other Ghibli offering, could conceivably have worked just as well in live-action, and yet the tender story gains so much from the studio’s delicate, hand-crafted approach."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"The film’s depiction of loss, isolation and reconciliation, and the rewards of friendship, grows more touching as the story builds to its highly emotional conclusion."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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