The secret world of Arrietty

The secret world of Arrietty

By Hiromasa Yonebayashi - 1h34 - 2010 (Japan)
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The secret world of Arrietty
Audience 5+

Synopsis

Tiny Arrietty lives with her parents under the floorboards of an old house. Her family are "Borrowers", minuscule beings who live secretly among humans. To avoid detection and ensure their safety, they have very precise rules that must not be broken: they have to steal what they need to survive in the house but always discreetly and in small quantities! But when young Shô - a sensitive boy awaiting an operation - arrives in the house, Arrietty starts flouting some of the safety rules. A beautiful story of friendship takes root between the two characters...

Benshi's review
Benshi's review

Although The Secret World of Arrietty is the fourth film by Studio Ghibli to have been directed neither by Hayao Miyazaki (who instead wrote the screenplay for this) nor Isao Takahata, we can see the distinctive Ghibli touch. There is a female hero, who may be small but has a big personality, in a lovely story that carries a moral - about preserving the environmental and helping the disadvantaged The fantastic world of these little Borrowers, which here is transplanted into a Japanese country home, is extremely well rendered. Switching between the human-sized world and the miniature sets gives the story a tone that is simultaneously realistic and enhanced by fantasy. Arrietty is a brave and reckless little girl who thinks nothing of breaking rules and whose curiosity leads her to form a beautiful friendship with young Shô, who suffers from an illness. Touching, poetic and aesthetically very well done, the first feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who went on to make When Marnie Was There, is highly promising!

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Top reasons to watch this film !

  • 1 The adorable and breath-taking miniature sets
  • 2 The score by the French composer Cécile Corbel
  • 3 The beautiful friendship story between Arrietty and Shô

Who is it aimed at ?

From age 6.

Themes and topics

Asian Continent / Asia Difference Fable Nature
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