When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Sent to the seaside to stay with relatives for the summer, Anna strikes up a friendship with Marnie, who lives there in an old mansion surrounded by marshes. As their friendship grows, so does Anna's curiosity about the truth surrounding her new friend.

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Spoiler: Studio Ghibli delivers an interesting and beautiful take on a modern ghost story.


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LadyDi52
May 14, 2019

Well I didn't get to cry at the end because the DVD quit playing mid-way

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blue_cat_7234
May 02, 2019

Awwww! That is heartbreaking. It is a mesmerizing movie. I also like FROM UP ON POPPY HILL and THE CASTLE IN THE SKY. Check it out. :)

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WoodneathKristie
Apr 30, 2019

When Marnie Was There is a ghost story, a coming-of-age story, and a story about the transcendent nature of familial love. Rendered lovingly in the classic Myazaki/Studio Ghibli style, part of the appeal of this movie is its strong sense of place- the Marsh House and the small, rural village it is located in are as much characters in the film as the people. As is usually the case with Ghibli films, be prepared to cry at the end.

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milirick
Jul 02, 2018

Hmm, when I saw this I kept thinking of Tom's Midnight Garden. Miyazaki is a genius, but with the exception of material he has gathered from his own life experiences a lot of his other work are adaptations from well known sources that have been twisted about in Miyazaki style. This story is an adaptation and like many of Miyazaki's stories has a spooky feel about it. This one though may have taken source material from the 1950's classic children's story without giving it credit. That being said it is beautifully drawn and the voices are well suited for the story. At times the narrative seems to wander and gets to the point where you feel things could have been tightened up and the whole movie shortened. It still pulls the usual Miyazaki emotional strings and is certainly worth seeing.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 12, 2018

When Marnie Was There is a Japanese animated movie produced by Ghibili studio, and based on John G. Robinson's novel. The story follows 12 years old Anna who's lonely and depressed and goes through a lot of struggles. She lives with her adopted parents one day she fainted at school from asthma attack. He mother sent her off to her aunt and uncle's house in a small town as a foster child in ordure to get better. Anna spends her time wondering around the village and sketching things. Until she discovers an old mansion across the marsh where she meets a young blond girl named Marnie. That's where the film started to represent a beautiful mystery and friendship. The best thing about the movie is the animation it has lovely gorgeous and beautifully well made animation style. The film had one of the deepest character growth and it has characters that you can relate with as well. I love the atmosphere of this anime it's very realistic and solid. The ending is very sad but it does make sense a lot it's very meaningful. While the main character gets a lot of development by the end of the movie and she does overcome her struggles. I really loved and enjoyed this anime movie it's one of the best anime movies I have seen since a long time. I really recommend this anime even for non anime fans. You should definitely check it out.
Rating: 9/10 - @animelover of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

A bit dark for a Ghibli movie, but still a fun watch. Based on a 1960s book of the same name, When Marnie Was There is very emotional, but doesn't quite go far enough in explaining why certain things happen.

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scribby
Sep 19, 2017

A ghost story that's heartwarming, and a little sentimental, rather than frightening (though at least one member of my family found it creepy).

d2013 Jun 14, 2017

Good story and great animation!

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sakanataka
May 13, 2017

An absolutely Lovely Film.

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HASAHeather
Mar 26, 2017

A beautifully written celebration of the female bond, the strength of a grandmother's love from beyond the grave, and the resilient spirit of a foster child. Yes you will cry as the story unfolds but it will warm your heart by the end.

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