The latest effort from Japan’s Studio Ghibli (the team that brought us Spirited Away
) is a heartfelt coming-of-age drama called From Up on Poppy Hill
. A tender and often playful story with no fantasy elements at all, Poppy Hill
isn’t a movie for small kids, who wouldn’t be able to follow its emotional narrative or subtle but sometimes complex ins and outs. But the film is perfect for the age group it depicts: older kids and teens -- and, of course, any adult who knows the kind of nuance and beauty that Studio Ghibli is capable of producing.
The story concerns a 16-year-old girl named Umi, who lives in the port city of Yoko...