Your Name. ★★★★★

Your Name is one of the most beautiful films that I have ever seen.

From it's dazzling, out of this world animation to its stunning musical score and complex, fantasy tinged story, it's an incredibly moving, profound experience.

How it wasn't nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars I cannot fathom. It's an anime that, despite having all the trappings and cultural idiosyncrasies associated with the style, transcends any potential stigma or judgement, by being so incredibly heartbreaking, and so grounded in the universal themes of love, loss and finding an identity as adulthood looms, that you can't help but feel a sense of being at one with it. It's fantastical, and unique but so strangely relatable. I've seen it twice and I've cried my eyes out both times. Some of the Radwimps tracks in this make me tear up just listening to them.

I think it's a really stunning film; a searing, surprising romance that packs such a gut busting emotional heft in its unorthodox body swap narrative. It's full of heart, poignancy, humour and glorious, staggering visuals that perfectly capture the beauty of Japan, and complement the film's tender, touching themes.


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