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On the inverse "Hands of Fate" scale, Whisper of the Heart rates an exceptional "zero-to-half Hands of Fate."

This is definitely my kind of movie. It's fuunny and sweet, it has a happy ending, nobody dies, and the old people are wise, intelligent, and important to the story. The pacing is leisurely, but not so slow as to drag. It's just a "nice" movie, all the way around.

My favorite sequence is when Shizuku mockingly pleads with Seiji for him to play his violin. He agrees, but only if she'll sing. As they are playing and singing, Grandfather comes home, with his friends, and they sneak down the stairs and join in. Don't tell anybody, but that bit was so cute I realized I was crying. What a sissy!

(Then one of my household members walked through the room, paused a moment during that scene, and scoffed, "that's weird," and paid no further attention. "Anime night" at my house is a solo affair.)

"Whisper of the Heart" kind of meanders along, without a strong central plot, at least not during the first third or so of the film; it touches on geology, music, violin-making, antiques, technology-in-education ("I need to get an electronic notebook," Mom says early in the film; in subsequent scenes, she's working on her laptop computer), and the characters do lots of real-world stuff like washing dishes, buying groceries at the market, and being late for school and work. The scene where Dad lights up a cigarette during a family discussion, and tries to blow the smoke off to the side rather than into the others' faces, is an example of the low-key details that bring this movie to life.

I happened across this film tonight on Turner Classic Movies on TV. I didn't know TCM had "anime night." Maybe they don't, perhaps it's just a one-shot deal. Anyway, they're also running "Pom Poko," which I shall record.


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May. 20th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. Just put this on my "All Consuming" list. I am currently reading "Left to Tell" (about the Rwandan Holocaust) and need something light & sweet to follow.
May. 20th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
I saw Immaculee Ilibagiza on Wayne Dyer's PBS program, and have talked with people who have read the book. That was intense enough for me.

Somehow the "potential" threat of Saddam Hussein merited military action, the overthrown of a foreign government, and drawn-out legal proceedings; but the Rwandan massacres in which literally millions of people were dismembered with machetes, and the current situation in the Sudan, weren't and aren't worh raising a hand to stop.

So... uh... maybe I'm burying my head in the sand, but... well, I try to be aware of these things, but too much detail overwhelms me.

I guess that makes me as bad as the people who would rather hear about The DaVinci Codeparodies than the Three Gorges Dam.
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