Rent When Marnie Was There (2014)

3.8 of 5 from 214 ratings
1h 43min
Rent When Marnie Was There (aka Omoide no Mânî) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion and a mysterious young girl, Mamie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.
Directors:
Producers:
Yoshiaki Nishimura, Geoffrey Wexler
Voiced By:
Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima, Toshie Negishi, Ryôko Moriyama, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Hitomi Kuroki, Ava Acres, Kyle Arem, Laura Bailey, Kathy Bates, Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Taylor Autumn Bertman, Mila Brener, Ellen Burstyn
Writers:
Joan G. Robinson, Keiko Niwa
Others:
Yoshiaki Nishimura
Aka:
Omoide no Mânî
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Anime & Animation, Children & Family
Countries:
Japan, Anime & Animation, Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/10/2016
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes with the English Voice Cast
  • Making Of 'When Mamie Was There'
  • Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There
  • Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
  • Studio Ghibli Collection Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/10/2016
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes with the English Voice Cast
  • Making Of 'When Mamie Was There'
  • Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There
  • Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
  • Studio Ghibli Collection Trailers

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Reviews (5) of When Marnie Was There

WONDERFUL UPLIFTING ANIME TALE - When Marnie Was There review by GF

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26/01/2017

Wow, if this proves to be one of the swansongs from Studio Ghibli it is a worthwhile one. Based on a UK shorty story it has echoes of a Letter To Momo, bus very much its own film. It combines andinterlinks various themes such as loneliness, mystery, fantasy and identity in a moving and uplifting style that only Japaese anime can really manage.

A must see.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Captivating Ghibli animation - When Marnie Was There review by Alphaville

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07/02/2017

Another beautifully hand-drawn pastoral animation from Studio Ghibli. Hollywood computer animation looks crass beside it. Shy 12yo Anna spends the summer at a seaside village where she befriends Marnie, but is Marnie real? It’s a slight but engaging story that manages to mix heartfelt emotion with other-worldliness. And the climactic revelation is a zinger.

There are moments when the animator’s artistry simply stops you in your tracks. The breaking of a wave, the billowing of a dress in a breeze, the play of light and shadow on a face. Some Ghibli output has focussed too much on monsters and creatures, but this tender human drama is almost as good as Only Yesterday.

The version with American voices is better than usual, but as always with Ghibli the original Japanese version is superior.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Wonderful children's movie. - When Marnie Was There review by TP

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08/10/2017

The whole family, age ranges 7-46yrs, all l absolutely loved this movie. Great story, wonderful ending. So nice to watch something that has a message instead of all the awful Disney movies that merge into one another. Couldn't fault it.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

When Marnie Was There (aka Omoide no Mânî) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

A masterpiece of atmosphere, immaculate pacing and a carefully crafted musical score - When Marnie Was There is a deep story filled with human emotions that will touch the hearts of many and leave no one to indifference for years to come. And to only say the score is great would be unfair for the people involved making it: the score is what really and truly stands out and accompanies the movie’s poignant visuals, which nonetheless are chiseled to near perfection.

Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s previous feature 'The Secret World of Arrietty' resulted in great amount of fame after its initial release gathered by its maker, thus propelling Hiromasa onto the scene of contemporary Japanese animation as one of the most promising Japanese directors today. This resulted in his next work and studio Ghibli partnership in order to produce When Marnie Was There – a heartwarming coming-of-age tale told via the perspective of characters Anna and Marnie – two girls who may or may not exist in the real world.

As events unravel, we get a nostalgic hint at some older Miyazaki works that mimic or mirror When Marnie Was There’s relationship between two given girls. But unlike My Neighbour Totoro which followed two sisters within their daily activities, When Marnie Was There presents this relationship far deeper than everything we have seen from the Japanese animation studio before. And it just feels more real and plays livelier than a simple character’s arc from adolescence to adulthood which is an annoyingly common occurrence these days within the movie-making industry.

And the complexity of When Marnie Was There is no mere coincidence given the fact that it’s based on Joan G. Robinson’s intrepid novel of the same name.

The story is realized through different twists and turns that give the audience enough thrill, which, backed by the impeccable suspense all throughout its running time, will keep moviegoers involved until the very end. And boy does the end deliver in all its tear-jerking glory: when you happen to care and root about fictional characters trying to realize their goal and find out their true identity into a non-forgiving world – then you’ve just found yourself a winner ladies and gents.

When it comes to cinematography, I’m especially generous at hand-drawn animation for the simple fact that everything, from shadows to light to the slightest of details, has to be done manually. Sure, When Marnie Was There combines techniques flawlessly and seamlessly without it interfering into the story. Notice how I use the noun ‘story’ over and over again. This should be a hint to what exactly you should focus your attention onto. Thank me later.

Overall, When Marnie Was There is a gorgeous adaptation that also happens to stand as a work on its own merit. If you’re open for new experiences and visual storytelling, then you should definitely put When Marnie Was There on your bucket list for the next movie session alone.

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