My Neighbor Totoro

Become one with nature.

The young sisters at the heart of this beautifully-rendered tale have their lives thrown asunder after moving to the countryside to be closer to the hospital where their mother is recuperating.

But their tensions and fears are soothed, and their happy hearts expanded, by the presence of a variety of friendly spirits.

The visitors range from small wood sprites to a big, lumpy creature who catches a cat-shaped bus when he wants to go home.

Together, they spin a cocoon of hope for our heroines in one of the loveliest animated films I’ve ever seen.

 

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