Only Yesterday

The first great film of 2016. Four stars. A breathtaking work of art.

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Only Yesterday

It’s 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata (
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world's most revered animation studios. Critically acclaimed but never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new, Studio Ghibli-produced, English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

“One of the top 100 animated films of all time”
-Time Out New York Poll

“A gem! Only Yesterday truly shines!”
-Village Voice

“Gorgeously evocative!”
-IndieWire

“Exceptional!”
-New York Times

“A touching, melancholy meditation on life”
-Roger Ebert
PG
Genre
Animated
Runtime
118
Language
Japanese
Director
Isao Takahata
Cast
Dev Patel, Daisy Ridley, Tara Sands
FEATURED REVIEW
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

What we have here is an animation miracle so subtle that it doesn't fully hit you till you take it home and into your dreams. Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday, from Studio Ghibli — the company founded by Takahata's partner in virtuosity Hayao Miyazaki — created a box-office sensation in Japan on its ...

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