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Whisper Of The Heart

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Studio Ghibli's best-kept secret

Studio Ghibli’s best -kept secret replaces screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki’s usual fantasy worlds with a romantic teen drama set in the Tokyo suburbs – but it’s no less magical for that.

It’s the story of Shizuku, a teen bookworm inspired to find her own artistic expression by a violin maker, a statue of a cat, and John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’.

Ghibli’s painterly textures keep the delicate emotions of this minor-key treasure from tumbling into schmaltz, all the more moving because first-time director Yoshifumi Kondô died shortly after.

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