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Whisper of the Heart [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Rarely is a film as honest and realistic as whisper of the heart and that's what makes it amazingly special, charming and successful. Within its thin plot and realistic settings, whisper has its magic moments which are downright uplifting and strike a chord somewhere deep inside. The film itself is a breath of fresh air.
Whisper of the heart, though slow in pace, draws you in from the very beginning and refuses to let you go. Its a heartwarming tale which makes you feel nostalgic and helps you relive the adolescence. Except for the Shizuku's dreamy fantasy sequence, the film relies heavily on dialogues and simple and real situations. The locales and the backgrounds shown in the film are as beautiful and breathtaking as in any other ghibli film.Read more ›
Shizuku is in her last year at junior high school and loves literature. She is clearly intelligent, but lacks direction and ambition. A chance encounter with a cat on a train leads her to a friendship with Seiji and a re-evaluation of the way her life is developing.
The story is not so much plot driven as character driven. There is no violence or aggression. There is no intergeneration conflict. In the school scenes there is a welcome absence of "competitive jock" and "prom queen" elements which seem to permeate American films.
Although this film is about a teenage girl, it is not a teenage film, but a real family film which can be enjoyed on many levels. Technically, this is "reality animation" which is as good as it gets. It is heartwarming, it has humour, it has insight.
This is a lovely film.
I always find it so difficult to say which of the Ghibli films is my favourite; and each time i discover a new one, it seems to be my new favourite- as i'm sure many people who have commented already can probably empathise with.
However, being the slushy female i am, this is definitely my favourite, closely followed my laputa (as that's got such humour, and still such depth).
Whisper of the Heart is one for a true romantic. However, if you're ever feeling low and needing a pick-me-up; AVOID grave of the fireflies- it's wonderful, but an absolute tearjerker. i cried my eyes out! ha.
All of ghibli films are worth a see, but this is fantastic.
P.S- the characters in the cat returns are similar, but compared to this, that film is tripe.
Contrary to the usual direction of Ghibli fims, in which troubled souls find themselves flung into the depths of magical mirror universes, 'Whisper of the Heart' unfolds completely in the real world. The difference being that everything magical takes place clearly within the imagination of the main character - a young high school girl, desperately trying to feel unique.
The scenes set in the imagination are animated to feel like augmented images of the real world so that, as a viewer, you find yourself feeling ductile between landscape and mindscape. When the feature finishes you don't feel completely returned.
The film also shows a real attention to the inane details, which in any live action film would just be trivial. But to see these things animated, it really shows the levels of devotion people have given to it. Not only these, but the larger things as well, like the expressions of the characters, or the musical score - they're all an index to its masterfulness.
I'm honestly in love with this film - yes, solid, unconditional love *cough*. It is just wonderful. If you give it the two hours of attention it deserves, enchantment will betide thee.
The detail and thought that went into this film are truly stunning, every movement that the charecters make could be real, and the backgrounds are so well observed and intricate that you may find yourself thinking twice as to whether it's animation or real footage (it isn't, it is just the work off very, very skilled animators.)
When I brought the DVD of this, being captivated by the girl in the red dress and the cat in the top hat, I was disappointed at first to find it began with an average schoolgirl visiting an average cornerstore, but that was for the first minute as after that I began to appreciate what this film really is, I opened my heart to it and cried with sadness for our heroine at her times of despair and whopped with joy at the ending.
My favourite Ghibli film, and I truly beleive that this film should be made compulsary viewing for all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's little I can say that not already been said. I looked at some of the negative reviews and despaired at some of the comments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Wheeler
A lovely film, having seen the cat returns first I was expecting whisper of the heart to be more of an adventure, but this is more about the characters finding out about their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by 70's Kid
Very slow with no real magical moments. Animations are very good. My kids watched it in bits as they lost intrest. I would recomend kiki and totoro. Ponyo my fav. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DANO