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Kokuriko-zaka kara / From Up on Poppy Hill / Uppe på vallmokullen

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

From Up on Poppy Hill

What a charming movie! It certainly helped that I had low expectations – I wasn’t impressed with Princess Mononoke – but this is certainly a nice film. Studio Ghibli is the team around Hayao Miyazaki that makes animated beauty pieces (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, etc.), with remarkable precision in drama and beautiful artwork. This is about a teenage girl in the nineteen sixties who works hard at the large home and at school while her mother is abroad. Her father died at sea during the Korean War. She falls in love with a boy at school who turns out to be her brother – or maybe he isn’t. That’s the plot of a typical teenage novel, but also I am noteably touched though I’m old enough to be a father to some of the characters. Partly by how humbly the characters handle true hardships, partly by the incredibly evocative music. I do allow myself a little exoticism, though the identification is just as strong. Then it’s incredibly beautiful – with just enough simplified faces and vivid watercolors as background. Charming is really the word.

Vilken charmig film! Javisst hjälps det att jag hade låga förväntningar – jag hade lite svårt för Prinsessan Mononoke – men det är onekligen en fin film. Studio Ghibli som utgör teamet kring Hayao Miyazaki gör små tecknade finheter (Spirited AwayDet flygande slottetMin granne Totoro, etc.), som träffar märkvärdigt väl i persondrama och vackra teckningar. Här handlar det om en tonårsflicka på sextiotalet som arbetar hårt i hemmet och i skolan medan mamma arbetar utomlands. Pappa dog på sjön under koreakriget. Hon blir förälskad i en pojke på skolan som visar sig vara hennes bror – eller kanske inte. Det är väl handlingen i en typisk tonårsbok, men jag blir märbart berörd även som trettioplussare. Delvis för de påtagliga svårigheterna som karaktärerna hanterar med ödmjukhet, och för den otroligt stämningsfulla musiken. Lite exotism tillåter jag mig, även om identifieringen är lika stark. Sen är det otroligt vackert målat – med lagom stiliserade ansikten och kulörta akvareller som bakgrund. Charmigt är verkligen ordet.

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