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'When Marnie Was There' deftly creates a magical friendship

'When Marnie Was There' deftly creates a magical friendship

"When Marnie Was There," the delicate, evocative new Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, does not fall neatly into any conventional narrative category. But that doesn't get in the way of it being visually spectacular. As directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, responsible for "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Marnie" shares with that 2010 film a magical sense of the natural world, an ability to create a hand-drawn universe that is meticulously made as well as quietly stunning. Like "Arrietty," "Marnie" was suggested to Yonebayashi by Studio Ghibli's eminence grise Hayao Miyazaki, and like Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving...

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