When Marnie was There

A tender, elegiac story...as gorgeously animated as anything [Studio Ghibli] has ever made.

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When Marnie was There

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…

Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson,
When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.
PG
Genre
Animated, Drama
Runtime
103
Language
Japanese
Director
Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Cast
Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
FEATURED REVIEW
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

“In this world, there’s an invisible magic circle,” our heroine Anna, 12, tells us at the beginning of the new Japanese animated film When Marnie Was There, based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1967 children’s book. “There’s inside, and there’s outside.” Judging by the forlorn way she looks at her ...

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