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When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly 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. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, When Marnie Was There has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax.


  • Sara Takatsuki
  • Kasumi Arimura
  • Nanako Matsushima
  • Susumu Terajima
  • Toshie Negishi
  • Ryôko Moriyama
  • Kazuko Yoshiyuki
  • Hitomi Kuroki
  • Yûko Kaida
  • Hiroyuki Morisaki

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May 21, 2015

It deals with friendship, loneliness, abandonment and forgiveness, and though its curious narrative arc means you're never sure exactly where it's going, the film works up a considerable emotional charge by the end.

Metacritic review by Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Jan 15, 2015

A beautifully animated tale of the growing friendship and occasionally rather cloying emotional travails of two 12-year-old girls.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
Jan 15, 2015

Yonebayashi’s open-hearted tale, more than any other Ghibli offering, could conceivably have worked just as well in live-action, and yet the tender story gains so much from the studio’s delicate, hand-crafted approach.

Metacritic review by Peter Debruge
Peter Debruge