Isolation Reviews Day 4 / When Marnie Was There.
Sorry for the delay. I hadn’t forgotten you or the project, it’s just that I found a job, and that meant taking a week out to figure out the new normal I live in. I’m back now. And still busily working through my to watch list.
Said list does contain, I have realised, a fair few Studio Ghibli films. And the other night I thought I would dip my toe into this part of the list. I haven’t necessarily gone off dystopian sci-fi. But it does say something that my mode of escapism has changed a bit - answers on a post card I’m not sure what exactly.
When Marnie Was There is a very typically dreamy Ghibli creation about Anna, a little girl with a traumatic past who is sent to stay with relatives in the country to recover from a particularly bad bout of asthma. There she meets and befriends a mysterious girl called Marnie, and it soon transpires something magical is afoot and the connection the two little girls share is deeper than a mere friendship... This film was an Oscar nominee for Best Animation in 2015. I can see why. For those looking for a film that is somehow bigger, you know, magical showdowns, special effects and all that jazz it will undoubtedly come across as muted. For those who like the somewhat meandering but always emotionally engaging universes of Ghibli and those who feel they need a gentler place to escape to in these days of on some levels violent upheaval it will be perfect. Suggested at the end of a long day of work and/or news watching, as rest and respite. #anime #studioghibli #oscarnominee #magicalrealism