Whisper of the Heart

March 30, 2006 at 12:55 am 2 comments

Science Fiction Weekly has a review of Whisper of the Heart.  It’s a review I like, but I’d give the movie an “A” not a “B+.”  This is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, but it’s also the one I find hardest to recommend to people.  It’s easy enough to describe what happens in the film, but it’s harder to make it sound interesting.  I think part of the problem is that I had a very strong emotional reaction to the movie, and I have a hard time conveying that to people.  Much easier to give it to a friend who knows me well and is used to me shoving something at them and only saying “Read/watch/listen to this!!”  The conversation about why I liked it so much comes after they’ve read/watched/listened.  :)

So why did I like Whisper of the Heart so much?  I was captivated by the scenes of the cat on the subway and Shizuku following him on his very cat-like journey.  I also laughed out loud a few times, cried, was delighted by the impromptu “Country Road” performance (which I have rewatched many times and finally managed to find on cd) and even got to have some library geek out moments with Shizuku becoming fascinated by a boy she’s never met just from seeing his name popping up on her library book cards, and the discussion with her librarian father about his library becoming automated.  (I did say library geek, don’t forget)

See?  I suck at talking about this movie.  Just go watch it if you haven’t already.  I haven’t seen the English dub yet, though, so I don’t know how good it is.  I traditionally like the English dub of Miyazaki’s movies better than the original Japanese for some reason, but I think this one might prove to be the exception.   


Entry filed under: anime.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ehkzu  |  May 5, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    We just saw it last night. I loved it, and I can see why you find it so hard to promote. Coleridge and Wordsworth (18th cen. English poets) agreed to divvy up the world of poetry, with Coleridge taking the fantastical and making it seem ordinary, with Wordsworth taking the ordinary and making it seem fantastic. The film does the latter. Nearly all of Hollywood tries to do the former. So someone seeing this has to look for different things than they look for in most movies. Girl asleep in her bedroom? We look for the psychopath intruder. We certainly don’t look to simply observe her sleeping, to hear her steady breathing in a quiet room, absent the damnable everpresent music track telling us what to feel as didactically as the worst sort of Soviet era socialist realim films did.

  • 2. pajcat  |  May 6, 2006 at 12:19 am

    Very eloquently put! That's exactly what I love about it. It's just this quiet little movie – there's no action, no loveable monsters, nothing to save…

    Of course your comment today reminded me that I hadn't bought the English version yet. A situation I corrected today!


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