Arrietty / Kari-gurashi no Arrietty

  • Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • In Japanese
  • 94 mins

Arrietty is an enchanting adaptation of The Borrowers from the masters of Japanese animation, Studio Ghibli. Arrietty is a young Borrower, one of a family of tiny people living under the floorboards of a house and in close proximity to the human occupants. When Arrietty breaks the most important Borrower rule and interacts with one of the human children, she does all she can to protect the Borrowers’ way of life.

The majority of screenings will be shown in Japanese wEng ST. Screenings dubbed in English are highlighted opposite in pink.

More Info

Country: Japan
Year: 2010
Subtitles: Full English

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Thu 18th Aug 2011


It's a gentle and entrancing tale, deeper and richer than more instantly gratifying fare. ****

The Guardian

At the heart of the film is the tender, trusting friendship between Sho, the boy of the house, and Arrietty. Theirs is a beautiful, perfect love, but ultimately doomed like so many relationships in myths and fairytales. This moving, amusing and resonant tale also touches on environmental and ecological concerns, on xenophobia and the fear of the threatening other. And it has taken on new meanings about the respect and preservation of disappearing species and the need to treasure and recycle valuable resources.

Philip French, The Observer

Arrietty is simply gorgeous, embracing the ravishing colour of garden flowers, wildly sprouting vines, the perfection of a raindrop on a leaf. Its heightened sense of beauty conveys Sho’s appreciation of his precarious existence. Children will enjoy the borrowers’ thrilling forays into the house in search of sustenance; adults can wallow in the exquisite detail of the interior and leafy surroundings. Animation simply doesn’t get any better than Ghibli’s ravishing creation: when you have this much talent, who needs 3D? ****

The Telegraph

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