dir. Isao Takahata, Japan, DCP, 118 min. In English
It’s 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years
old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her
relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night,
memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of
romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the
station she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters with
him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between
the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders
if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.
From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world’s most revered animation studios. Critically acclaimed but never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new, Studio Ghibli-produced, English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary.