Essential Anime Heroines ACMI Presents


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Arrietty is a tiny 14-year-old girl who lives with her pint-sized family beneath the floorboards of a sprawling Tokyo mansion. They survive by borrowing items from humans which would otherwise not be missed. The fate of her family is put in jeopardy, however, when Arrietty befriends a 12-year-old human boy.

An inspired adaptation of Mary Norton's book series The Borrowers, Arrietty is yet another triumph of animation by Studio Ghibli, the creators of Ponyo (2008) and Spirited Away (2001). The film lifts the setting from the books original 1950’s England and seamlessly transports it into Japan in 2010, without losing any of the original's nuances, with the idea of sustainably trading and ‘borrowing’ gathering resonance in our mass-consumerist times.

English language voice cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Olivia Colman and Mark Strong.

“With its lush colours, imaginative view of ordinary objects and meticulously crafted miniature civilization, it transports viewers to an enchanting alternate storybook reality.” USA Today