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Aro Recommended Whisper of the Heart

 

Japan 1995, 111 minutes
Dir. Yoshifumi Kondo
In English, Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Family, Science Fiction / Anime, Fantasy

Topics: Studio Ghibli.

 

Aroview: On of the more thoughtfully charming Studio Ghibli films, this spins its tale around a bookish, just-turned-teenage girl growing into maturity through her love for a lad who wishes to be an Italian-trained violin-maker.

With only occasional flashes of fantasy or visual grandiosity, this easily fulfils its ambitions to render a more humanistic perspective and is well worth a quiet detour. One element of the film - an odd statue of a cat ('The Baron') - later instigated a spinoff feature, THE CAT RETURNS.

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