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Aro Recommended 5 Centimetres Per Second

 

aka: Five Centimetres Per Second
Japan 2008, 63 minutes
Dir. Makoto Shinkai
In Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [G]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Family / Romance, Anime, Youth

 

Aroview: Sublimely romantic animated feature divided into three separate episodes tracing the emotional journey of a teenage boy through to manhood, and the memories he clings onto of his lost soulmate.

A distinctive voice in the world of 'anime', Makoto Shinkai beautifully deploys the medium to create an indelible impression of contemporary Japan through the changing seasons, and a potent sense of adolescent yearning and heartbreak. The title refers to the speed at which cherry blossoms fall from their branches.

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