Studio Ghibli's 1991 release, from the director of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Grave of the Fireflies. It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27-years-old, unmarried, and lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.
At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio, and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.
Animated, Kids & Family, World Cinema
Rating: PG Adult themes
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Delicate and Visually Stunning
Takahata's small masterpiece of a struggle to be human. A young woman folded into herself by a modest life meets her 8 year old self as she travels to the amazing beauty and simplicity Japanese countryside. It will touch your heart and make you laugh. A treasure.