When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG   |    |  Animation, Drama, Family


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Due to 12 y.o. Anna's asthma, she's sent to stay with relatives of her guardian in the Japanese countryside. She likes to be alone, sketching. She befriends Marnie. Who is the mysterious, blonde Marnie.


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26 May 2015 | subxerogravity
8
| A touching heartwarming story done using anime.
This one was an interesting one for me.

It was a great movie, and an amazing story about a lonely foster kid whose angry at the world, but befriends a mysterious girl that changes her life forever.

I'm usually not into this type of anime that tells a story that can be told using live-action. The movie is similar to the Wind Rises in it's dramatic pulse, but the animation in The Wind Rises was able to help the story along far more than it did with this one. There was nothing about the film that seemed to be helped with the fact that it's animated. I know people who love movies like this but will not go see it cause it's a "cartoon" which is a shame.

The story in itself is so good that I forget that the anime theme was what sucked me in, and I just take it in as the overall excellent movie that it is. It's just such a beautiful story about friendship and commitment, and the animators did do a great job in showing deep emotions through their moving pictures. A hard task, even to do in live-action, done perfectly by animators, so I guess for them the movie was an ultimate challenge in animating that they won.

Definitely worth taking a look at and hope to see it at as a Oscar nominee in 2016.

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Release Date:

7 August 2015

Language

Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,388 24 May 2015

Gross USA:

$561,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,949,567

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