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Directed by Isao Takahata

Japan 1991 118 mins. In Japanese

Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories which unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. A double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and 1980s and a quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia, ONLY YESTERDAY delves deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls and women than perhaps any animated film before or since.