Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (1995)
Average Rating: 7.5/10
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Release Date: Jan 19, 2006 Wide
Average Rating: 4.1/5
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Written by animation master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his protégé Yoshifumi Kondo, this film is a simple tale about a young girl who falls in love and learns to believe in herself. Suzuku Tsukishima is nearing the end of her final year of junior high. An avid bookworm, she devours books while quietly dreaming about becoming a writer. Though vivacious and outgoing with her best friend, she withdraws into herself when in the presence of her bossy older sister; her studious father, who is busy
Jan 19, 2006 Wide
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Like its characters, the film's horizons expand further as it progresses, creating an all-encompassing portrait of childhood dreams & the sacrifices we make to commit to them.
This urban film cuts deep into an aspiring artist's innermost doubts. It's also about what Kondō knew well: apprenticeship, patient dedication to craft and nurturing friendship with other artists.
Perhaps the most unadulterated coming-of-age story in Ghibli's canon... a film of truly excellent observation.
Shame how John Denver appears at regular intervals to remind us of how peculiar a beast cultural diffusion can be.
Will easily capture the hearts of those who are both romantics and animation buffs
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