When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There

DVD - 2015
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When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh house again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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milirick
Jul 02, 2018

Hmm, when I saw this I kept thinking of Tom's Midnight Garden. Miyazaki is a genius, but with the exception of material he has gathered from his own life experiences a lot of his other work are adaptations from well known sources that have been twisted about in Miyazaki style. This story is an adaptation and like many of Miyazaki's stories has a spooky feel about it. This one though may have taken source material from the 1950's classic children's story without giving it credit. That being said it is beautifully drawn and the voices are well suited for the story. At times the narrative seems to wander and gets to the point where you feel things could have been tightened up and the whole movie shortened. It still pulls the usual Miyazaki emotional strings and is certainly worth seeing.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 12, 2018

When Marnie Was There is a Japanese animated movie produced by Ghibili studio, and based on John G. Robinson's novel. The story follows 12 years old Anna who's lonely and depressed and goes through a lot of struggles. She lives with her adopted parents one day she fainted at school from asthma attack. He mother sent her off to her aunt and uncle's house in a small town as a foster child in ordure to get better. Anna spends her time wondering around the village and sketching things. Until she discovers an old mansion across the marsh where she meets a young blond girl named Marnie. That's where the film started to represent a beautiful mystery and friendship. The best thing about the movie is the animation it has lovely gorgeous and beautifully well made animation style. The film had one of the deepest character growth and it has characters that you can relate with as well. I love the atmosphere of this anime it's very realistic and solid. The ending is very sad but it does make sense a lot it's very meaningful. While the main character gets a lot of development by the end of the movie and she does overcome her struggles. I really loved and enjoyed this anime movie it's one of the best anime movies I have seen since a long time. I really recommend this anime even for non anime fans. You should definitely check it out.
Rating: 9/10 - @animelover of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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BrandonBlanchard
Jan 27, 2018

A bit dark for a Ghibli movie, but still a fun watch. Based on a 1960s book of the same name, When Marnie Was There is very emotional, but doesn't quite go far enough in explaining why certain things happen.

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scribby
Sep 19, 2017

A ghost story that's heartwarming, and a little sentimental, rather than frightening (though at least one member of my family found it creepy).

d2013 Jun 14, 2017

Good story and great animation!

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sakanataka
May 13, 2017

An absolutely Lovely Film.

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HASAHeather
Mar 26, 2017

A beautifully written celebration of the female bond, the strength of a grandmother's love from beyond the grave, and the resilient spirit of a foster child. Yes you will cry as the story unfolds but it will warm your heart by the end.

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MontMoroc
Jul 31, 2016

This was ok, I found the last part of the film to be a let down. Not as good as Hayao Miyazaki's best films.

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Ikuetb
Jul 31, 2016

Very captivating movie. I wanted to know what happens next as I watch this. One of must-sees.

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UrSenpaiWeeaboo
Jul 27, 2016

Its yuri cover yer eeyes kiddies!! <33 <33
(The movie will make you cry very hard cause of the strong female relationship (mother&daughter)

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Oct 25, 2015

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