Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

Movie Info:

  • Rating: PG – Thematic Elements and Smoking
  • Genre: Animation, Drama
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Studio: GKIDS/Studio Ghibli

From the Cover of When Marnie Was There by Studio Ghibli:

“From Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli comes a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Studio Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna travels to the seaside to stay with relatives, 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 beloved young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Tonebayashi (The Secret World of Arietty). When Marnie Was There is a haunting tale gorgeously rendered with its moonlit seascapes, flowing orchestral score, and powerful portrayals of friendship and belonging.”

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