Posted by: greercn | July 16, 2016

When Marnie Was There

Based on a novel aimed at young adults – how often have I typed that – “When Marnie Was There” represents another triumph by Studio Ghibli. The drawing is so beautiful. Water and trees shimmer and houses glow as your eyes move through them.

A young girl, Anna, is sent to the country to help ease her asthma. She becomes fascinated by a house and meets the young girl living there. This is the first real friend she has ever had. But what is real about Marnie and what belongs in the realm of the imagination?

The less you know going in, the more you will enjoy it.

You may see it in Japanese with English subtitles. There is a very good dubbed English version which is equally worth seeing.

I have seen both and they are equally loveable. I am off to see if I can find a complete Studio Ghibli set as all these films are superb.

Joan G Robinson’s book is wonderful. Do find it and read it. It’s set in Norfolk and rather lovely.

The Stratford East Picturehouse audience all loved Studio Ghibli and stayed silent and respectful, throughout. This is animation for people who think they don’t like animation.

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