MI­RAI (PG)

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE -

A FOUR-year-old boy learns touch­ing lessons about shar­ing his par­ents’ love with a newly ar­rived baby sis­ter in Ja­panese wri­ter­di­rec­tor Hosoda Mamoru’s poignant an­i­mated drama.

Mi­rai is an en­chant­ing por­trait of mod­ern fam­ily life rooted in uni­ver­sal truths about the jeal­ousy which bub­bles be­neath the sur­face of al­most ev­ery si­b­ling bond.

Hosoda nav­i­gates choppy emo­tional wa­ters with a deft touch, un­earthing com­pas­sion and flecks of gen­tle hu­mour in char­ac­ters’ con­fu­sion and dis­tress. His script in­tro­duces fan­tas­ti­cal flour­ishes to shep­herd the in­quis­i­tive in­fant pro­tag­o­nist on a jour­ney of self-re­al­i­sa­tion, en­riched with gor­geous hand-drawn an­i­ma­tion.

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