When Marnie Was There
2015
A lonely city girl with chronic asthma, Anna Sasaki is sent to spend the summer with relatives in a seaside town where the air is clean. Before long, Anna makes friends with a mysterious girl living in a deserted villa -- but is she real or a dream?

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I'm sad to read that this will probably be Studio Ghibli's last feature film, because it seems to me like proof that the company can carry on without the retired Hiyao Miyazaki, creatively and commercially. It has the essential humanity, gentle patience, beautiful animation, and strong attention to detail that characterize Miyazaki's best work. While the turns of the plot are not exactly difficult to guess, it's nevertheless a moving story, superbly told. This is one of the best films of the year.

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