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Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Japan 2014 103 mins.

As the swan song of Studio Ghibli, one of the foremost animation studios in the world, When Marnie Was There occupies a unique place within a filmography of unprecedented beauty and invention. After an asthma attack, shy and withdrawn schoolgirl Anna is sent to a seaside resort by her foster parents to live with her aunt and uncle. Upon her arrival, she happens upon a seemingly abandoned house, but a young girl, Marnie, says she lives there. Anna and Marnie quickly become friends, but is Marnie a real girl or just a figment of Anna’s imagination? “Just as Marnie and Anna’s fates are intertwined, just as history and the present exist in the same moment in the film, what Ghibli has meant to the world can’t be extricated from its last, beautiful cinematic gift.”—