Miyazaki’s lyrical, evocative coming-of-age tale is one of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved films. Resourceful Kiki is a young witch-in-training; her best friend is Jiji, a chatty, wisecracking black cat. It is tradition that, upon turning 13, all apprentice witches leave family and home and set out into the wider world to find their path and learn their craft. When that time comes for Kiki, she and Jiji embark on flying broom, landing the next morning in a distant seaside city. There, Kiki uses her flying broom to establish a delivery service with a local baker, but self-doubt soon threatens both her aerial ability and her relationship with Jiji. Miyazaki’s art is brilliantly rendered in this delightfully imaginative film — a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world. “A charmingly sweet fable ... It’s the director’s most emotionally naturalistic film, grounded in the adolescent rituals of finding one’s own feet in the world ... It’s also a visual joy, every frame a compositional delight” (Nick Bradshaw, Time Out). Colour, 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. 102 mins.
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