Sero hiki no G˘shu (Goshu the Cellist) Reviews
Sero hiki no Goshu is a rather simply but incredibly charmingly told story of a young cellist in a local orchestra who's falling behind the rest of the group in his playing of Beethoven's 6th. For several nights running up to the performance, he's inexplicably visited by almost-desperate animals for various reasons; a bird who wants Goshu to teach him scales, a mouse whose son's illness can only be cured by hearing Goshu's cello playing, etc. Each visit is a sort of fanciful mini-fable, and each tacitly contributes in its own way to Goshu's musical development. They're all more interesting and subtle than I'd've expected going in, and often capture a magical quality that even most high-profile Ghibli movies can't match.
Goshu the Cellist has little conflict, a simple development arc, few surprises, and no great dramatic payoff, so it won't satisfy everyone. However, anyone who digs Ghibli's laid-back pacing will feel right at home. Goshu the Cellist is endearing to the point of absurdity and is well worth the time for any Studio Ghibli fan who wants to explore the pre-Ghibli works of Ghibli's present-day heavy hitters.
Para pap├ís e hijos, hermosa...
The boys and I watched this as our Easter Sunday movie, and maybe its because we live in a forest, but nonetheless, I don't think they'll ever 'practice' quite the same again :)
Highlight of the film (at least for me): badger percussionist.