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Synopsis

A young boy named Mahito, yearning for his mother, ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

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  • Soma Santoki
  • Masaki Suda
  • Aimyon
  • Yoshino Kimura
  • Shôhei Hino
  • Ko Shibasaki

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#fantasy
#allthefeels
#inspiring
#epic
#beautiful
#original
#familyfriendly
#mustsee
#slow
#clever

This movie touched on themes like memory and loss and perseverance and determination and the 5 elements and consumption of food and breathing and meditation and going inside oneself and looking out at the world and listening to your own intervoice and balancing that with being mindful of those in your life. it was such an incredible film that suddenly and slowly addresses a wide Depth of topics in a very gentle way.

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Embrace the ending

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Metacritic

100
Dec 20, 2023

It’s a thrilling journey for both young viewers and those with more cause to ponder the afterlife. A fine bow from one of the great directors.

Tara Brady
The Irish Times
60
Dec 8, 2023

The Boy and the Heron, while typically bursting with imaginative elements, is also narratively tangled and a bit confusing, and falls far short of Mr. Miyazaki’s best work.

Metacritic review by Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
Wall Street Journal
100
Sep 27, 2023

If this film is Miyazaki’s true bow, it’s a magnificent final flourish that folds together many of the thematic and aesthetic threads he’s explored through his career: man’s relationship to nature, the majesty of flight, the twin pulls of love and loss. It’s stunning and inscrutable and measures among the best of his works.

Clint Worthington
Consequence