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Kari-gurashi no Arietti
A Studio Ghibli film based loosely on The Borrowers. Arrietty, fourteen, belongs to the last family of borrowers that her family are aware of, living under a house in Japan. When Arrietty goes borrowing, she gets spotted by Sho, the nephew of the house owner. Arrietty's life gets a lot more complicated from there on in, as she struggles with her parents wishes and wanting to do what's right, as well as her friendship with Sho that blooms despite all the odds.
Aside from the Japanese original, there are two dubbed versions, and to further add to the confusion, two dub titles: simply Arrietty outside of the US with a release date of July 2011, and The Secret World of Arrietty in the US with a release date of February 2012.
I missed Arrietty in cinemas. Being in England, when the blu-ray was released the past January, I immediately snapped up the film, being Ghibli. What surprised me was that I fell in love. I fell in love with the story, the characters, the stunningly beautiful scenery... everything. The abundant references to Whisper of the Heart, my all time favourite film only sealed the deal. The film itself, as well as being stunning visually, is incredibly inventive. Arrietty's house is quite honestly amazing; every time I watch it, there's a new detail about the house itself that I haven't noticed before, something that just shows the amazing adaptability of the Clock family. If you haven't seen it, I would definitely recommend this to everybody.
There are many forms of bravery within Arrietty; first, there's the obvious, of simply being brave
, of setting out into the world of the humans. There's the bravery Arrietty takes in going to Sho, in speaking with him... the bravery of Sho despite his heart condition... the bravery of the Clock family to leave their house. Being brave enough to change
. I think it's a wonderful tie in with many themes of the film.
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