So, as part of the Studio Ghibli retrospective that’s been happening over the holiday season, we went to Only Yesterday, well, yesterday. It was certainly interesting, a quite funny in places, but feels far inferior to anything that Miyazaki wrote (he only produced) and is basically propaganda for people in Tokyo to move to the countryside. Apparently that was a thing that was happening in Japan around the time the film was made. It’s cute, but overly simplistic and contains a fair number of speeches about the benefits of organic farming, which teeters between being insufferable and being hilarious. It all felt pretty inevitable—woman from the city is haunted by memories from her childhood, goes to the countryside to work on a farm from the summer because she’s always longed to have a connection to the countryside, meets a boy, leaves, comes back and realizes she doesn’t want to go home again. I kind of wish it had stayed focused on her flashbacks to childhood, as those sequences were often great and quite honest.
Even with the downsides, I would still see this in a heartbeat.