• When Marnie Was There (2015)

When Marnie Was There

Release Date: February 27th, 2015

PG |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off from everyone around her.Concerned for her health, Annas foster mother decides to send her to rural Hokkaido to stay in a sleepy town by the sea. As she dreams her days away amongst the marshes, Anna finds herself strangely drawn to the enigmatic house which sits upon the edge there. This is where she meets Marnie, an energetic young girl who seems to appear from nowhere. The pair quickly becomes inseparable. One evening, Marnie makes a heartfelt request of Anna: Promise me something - that well remain a secret, forever. Anna begins to wonder about her newfound friend and is compelled to investigate the truth about her. As she is drawn deeper into Marnies world, she begins to learn about family, friendship and kindness. A film of raw emotion, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is based on the beloved novel by Joan G. Robinson, and is the second feature from ARRIETTY director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. It was the final film released by Studio Ghibli before all but shutting their doors indefinitely.

Cast: Kasumi Arimura , Nanako Matsushima , Sara Takatsuki , Toshie Negishi

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Genres: Animation , Drama , Family

Production Co: Studio Ghibli

Distributors: GKids

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Boyd van HoeijThe Hollywood Reporter

    A beautifully animated tale of the growing friendship and occasionally rather cloying emotional travails of two 12-year-old girls. show more

  • 75
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    It’s not the predictability that’s disappointing as much as the pat resolutions and emotional fixes provided to Anna. If you’re going to set up a young character who’s this complicated and in this much pain, you owe her a similarly complex catharsis. show more

  • 75
    Sara StewartNew York Post

    Subtle, sometimes really sad and honest about the struggles of adolescence, Marnie is a worthy last entry from Ghibli before the studio reportedly goes on hiatus. show more

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