A Let­ter to Momo

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Stu­dio: Pro­duc­tion I.G (Ja­pan) Di­rec­tor: Hiroyuki Ok­iura Dis­trib­u­tor: GKIDS Re­lease Date: Novem­ber 15 (lim­ited) Box Of­fice: $11.3 mil­lion Synop­sis: Af­ter the death of her fa­ther, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to a re­mote is­land, where bizarre hap­pen­ings start crop­ping up around her in the pre­vi­ously peace­ful com­mu­nity, spurring Momo to in­ves­ti­gate th­ese su­per­nat­u­ral hap­pen­ings that may be tied to a mys­te­ri­ously un­fin­ished let­ter left for her by her fa­ther. The Odds: Ok­iura’s charm­ing, comedic new film—a vast de­par­ture from the de­cid­edly not kid-friendly Jin Roh— is an en­tirely orig­i­nal tale, blend­ing fam­ily is­sues and mag­i­cal mys­ter­ies. The 2D fam­ily flick has gar­nered much recog­ni­tion since its 2011 de­but at the Toronto fest, and it seems a safe pick to stand against The Wind Rises for a cov­eted nom­i­na­tion spot.

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