Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Arrietty

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

English voicings: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Phyllida Law, Geraldine McEwan

An animated film based on Mary Norton's 1950s Borrowers novels. This is the latest movie from Studio Ghibli (Japan) and is an exquisite blend of imaginative animation and good old-fashioned storytelling. Miniature people live like mice under the floorboards and survive by stealing (borrowing) leftovers from the human beans. Arrietty is a young teenager, curious learn more about the world around her. Against best advice ‘the borrower’ makes a friend of Sho, a sickly human boy. The growing friendship threatens her family's secret existence and Arrietty learns a thing or two about compatibility. Utterly charming, beautifully made and genuinely moving. Highly recommended.

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