Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her new-found friend…
When Marnie Was There Blue Ray DVD
This film is beautifully animated with an enchanting story. Typical of many of Studio Ghibli’s works, it’s more complex than a simple children’s movie. Fans need to see this!
When Marnie Was There Review
I was happily surprised with this movie. Because I had read the book, I already knew who “Marnie” was… but since I watched with my daughters, it was nice to see their reactions. Honestly, I see much being made about When Marnie was There being a movie about “girlfriends” as opposed to girl friends. And watching the movie, I could see how the misinterpretations could be made. Truly, like most of Studio Ghibli’s works, this is a movie about finding yourself… and finding a TRUE friend. Someone who really loves you, just because you are you. Not for sexual reasons.
The characters in When Marnie was There are interesting. I like how they behave like actual humans would… with all the quirks and failings that we all have. We slowly learn about Anna, and why she’s so sad and lost. Marnie, of course, is a bit of a mystery… but she pulls Anna out of her shell. And the other people… other kids and adults… behave the way people do. Kind, petty, curious, loving… it’s really nice to see.
As always, the artwork is spot on. I could almost smell the marsh.
This movie doesn’t move along at top speed. Unlike Totoro or The Cat Returns or Howl’s Moving Castle… there aren’t cute and funny sidekicks, and there aren’t any witches or guardians. This is a slice of life movie. Many of you will find elements to connect with. I know I did.