Movie Night - Omohide Poro Poro

(Update: This video has since been removed from Youtube.  Sorry.)

Welcome, one and all! This week's Movie Night will be Isao Takahata's Omohide Poro Poro, the Studio Ghibli film from 1991. The title translates as "Memories of Falling Teardrops," which betrays its strong Yasujiro Ozu influence. It tells the story of a young career woman who feels disaffected, and quietly begins to question her life during a vacation on an organic farm. Haunted by her childhood days from 1966, the movie shifts from the present-day to the childhood memories that shaped the direction of the woman's life.

This film is deeply affecting, and connects to your emotions on a degree never seen in animation. Certainly never seen outside of Takahata's oveure. Grave of the Fireflies, Takahata's best known work in the West, feels almost monochromatic by comparison. You're about to discover Technicolor, Dorothy. Welcome to Oz.

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