Truly touch­ing tiny tale

AR­RI­ETTY (U)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN -

Voiced by Tom Hol­land, Saoirse Ro­nan, Mark Strong, Olivia Col­man.

RE­LEASED in sub­ti­tled and dubbed ver­sions, this an­i­mated Ja­panese fea­ture is a colour­ful adap­ta­tion of Mary Nor­ton’s novel The Bor­row­ers, about a tiny fam­ily which lives un­seen in a house of hu­mans. A boy called Sho (Hol­land) goes to stay with his aunt to rest be­fore an im­por­tant op­er­a­tion in hos­pi­tal. One day, he glimpses a tiny fig­ure, Ar­ri­etty (Ro­nan), the daugh­ter of the Clock fam­ily who live be­neath the floor­boards, un­seen by his aunt or her cats. Ig­nor­ing the warn­ings about hu­mans from her fa­ther Pod (Strong) and mother Homily (Col­man), Ar­ri­etty forges an un­likely friend­ship with sym­pa­thetic and kind Sho. Need­less to say, Pod and Homily are ter­ri­fied that other hu­mans will dis­cover their ex­is­tence and they will be forced to move to a new dwelling.

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