Liz and the Blue Bird

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Mizore Yoroizuka plays the oboe, and Nozomi Kasaki plays the flute in Kita Uji High School concert band. As seniors, this will be their last competition together, and the selected piece "Liz and the Blue Bird" features a duet for the oboe and flute. "This piece reminds me of us." Nozomi says cheerfully, enjoying the solo, while Nozomi's usual happiness to play with Nozomi is tinged with the dread of their inevitable parting. By all accounts the girls are best friends, but the oboe and flute duet sounds disjointed, as if underscoring a growing distance between them. Talk of college creates a small rift in their relationship, as the story evolves to reveal a shocking and emotional conclusion.


Atsumi Tanezaki
as Mizore Yoroizuka
Nao Tôyama
as Nozomi Kasaki

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  • Yamada has a very keen eye for depicting adolescent malaise in visually evocative terms, and Liz and the Blue Bird could have benefited from even more flights of fancy than she allows for here.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The sequences illustrating the fairy tale are rendered in a handsome water color style, but even these scenes feel too slow and deliberate to enliven the film.

    Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • While it is not in the same league as A Silent Voice, it is a sweet and pleasant film that's worth a watch.

    Jan 19, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Older viewers may find that the sheer quantity of angst on display here makes for a trying watch, and may wish the girls would pull themselves together and have a proper talk, but the simple prettiness of the film is liable to win it many fans.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • These are real teens so desperately searching for their place amongst each other that they forget to unearth what it is they want on their own terms.

    Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Liz and the Blue Bird soars from the get-go as it weaves together a fantastical fairy tale and a more intimate, relatable high school story.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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