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When Marnie Was There

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Anna is a girl who has trouble being social and has no friends. When her health becomes poor, she is sent to family friend Yoriko, who with her husband lives in a town by the ocean. Almost immediately, Anna is attracted to an old great house that at first seems deserted, but then Anna meets a girl who lives there whose name is Marnie. Finally, Anna has made her first friend. However, Marnie has her own mystery about her…

This movie is based on a book by Joan G. Robinson. I reviewed the book here. However, I actually saw the movie first. What can I say, Studio Ghibli says it all to me.

Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of Arrietty, directed this film. The style suits the story.

The story itself has been altered slightly. The setting is Japan instead of England. Thus Marnie is half Japanese/half European. At the beginning of the tale, the only pleasure Anna has is in drawing, but she refuses to show her drawings to anyone at first.

But the major outlines of the story are the same, with the same plot points centered on the friendship between Anna and Marnie.

This is a very sweet story, and is now one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies.

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