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ScandiNavy's avatar


It's fascinating how Miyazaki manages to turn a story about mundane, everyday life stuff, into a full movie. I asked myself several times "why do I enjoy this so much?", but I don't know, I just do.
No matter how cliche it may sound, the movie makes me want to enjoy everyday life, warts and all.
11 years 9 months ago
Dewsions's avatar


A very enjoyable watch, there's something about this film that makes life becoming more vivid and apparent as it outlines the small things in life that can be appreciated. Beautiful!
11 years 2 months ago
dvdllr's avatar


A wonderful movie, marred by the last 15 seconds. Would have been better without spoiler
8 years 6 months ago
jamesmcavoy's avatar


This was really great. I love how it made a very ordinary world feel magical. :)
10 years 10 months ago
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Pallium Invisibilitatem

Brings out the joy in everyday life well.... :D
11 years 7 months ago
Nine99's avatar


Maybe the most normal Studio Ghibli movie I've seen so far.

Yup, no fantasy here.
12 years 8 months ago
NekoLacta's avatar


I love Mimi wo Sumaseba. "The Cat Returns", criated for Shizuku in movie is beautiful too.
13 years 5 months ago
Joker of Gotham's avatar

Joker of Gotham

So simple and yet so beautiful.

I Love these type of movies, they always make me happy.
4 years 2 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


John Denver's "Country Roads" has been used in many films - we remember the 2017 trifecta of Logan Lucky, Kingsman 2, and Alien: Covenant - but its best use by far is in Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart. The Japanese version stays with you (and "Concrete Roads" isn't bad either). This is a very down-to-earth anime from Ghibli, about a middle school romance between a bookish girl and the violin maker who seems to take out all the same library books she does. It's very sweet and innocent, and in that way fulfills the promise of the fairy tale made by the poster. That and the hilarious fat cat that leads Shizuku to her fate. I'd loved The Cat Returns which is a semi-sequel to this film, but that's total fantasy. The Cat Returns is really a story Shizuku might have written. The films make for fun companion pieces more than prequel-sequel. Whisper of the Heart may be romantic in a juvenile way, but its aspirations are greater. It's about developing a passion for art, something that shines through in the craft of the film itself. Almost every scene takes place in every day Tokyo streets and living quarters, but there's always something to look at. It's common for the animation to be praised, but I really want to highlight the background paintings, stills though they may be. There is a LOT of detail on show, composed like film, but messy like life.
4 years 11 months ago
Windill's avatar


A nice movie about a library-going college girl who tries to figure out what the heck she will do with herself at a moment when big decisions are expected.
5 years 8 months ago
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8 years 4 months ago
juanittomx's avatar


concrete roaaads... :)
11 years 11 months ago
Zeltaebar's avatar


Studio Ghibli never dissapoints in delivering an emotional, artisticly beautiful and thought-provoking slice of cinema. This one, however, does seem to suffer slightly from slow pacing and an obvious teenage (female) target audience. Even so, I liked it, and found the themes of love, ambition, teenage anxiety and fighting for your dreams to be enganging stuff. I was surprised at the lack of supernatural elements, but the realistic approach served the story well. Not close to the best from studio Ghibli, but definitly worth a look.
12 years 3 months ago
Ariph's avatar


Great, really moving story about love, friendship and devation. I like the hidden references. ;) Love the feeling, a feel good movie, but at the same time also sad. Great depth.
12 years 3 months ago
hirv's avatar


ONE hidden reference? There is more like a dussin refernces to pretty much every movie they've made, before AND after this movie.
Touching. Extremely beautiful. Not the best Ghibli-movie, but still a great movie!
12 years 3 months ago

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