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When Marnie Was There (2015)

Omiode_no_Marnie_posterAnna is sent to the country after suffering an asthma attack while there she becomes intrigued with the house on the marsh and the mysterious girl who lives there.

The latest picture by Studio Ghibli this film based on a novel displays the style and aesthetics that the Studio is renowned for, and this makes up for a story which feels rather plain.  While the supporting cast feel believable the main character Anna comes across as slightly unhinged which could be how young girls are in real life, I would not know.

The plot itself feels predictable and the story does not take any surprising turns, maybe because I was not gripped from the start I spent most of the film looking at where it was going and the meandering plot did not go anywhere unexpected.  This is not to say that it the story was unpleasant, far from it and the emotional ups and downs are effective and the mix of depression, angst and joy that comes from Anna is palpable.

Without doubt the best part of the film is the visuals, if you enjoy the style of the film and want an enjoyable but beautiful film, this could well be the one.

I watched this with the Japanese audio and English subtitles, I enjoyed it and did not feel it detracted from the film, it also means I can not comment on the English dub.

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