Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

Studio Ghibli's 1991 release, from the director of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Grave of the Fireflies. It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27-years-old, unmarried, and lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.

At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio, and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

1991Rating: PG, Adult themes118 minsJapanStudio Ghibli
AnimatedKids & FamilyWorld Cinema
Director:
Isao Takahata ('The Tale of the Princess Kaguya', 'My Neighbours the Yamadas', 'Grave of the Fireflies')
Writer:
Isao TakahataYuuko Tone
Cast:
Daisy RidleyDev Patel

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Only Yesterday / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Takahata's psychologically acute film, which was based on a manga, seems to grow in impact ... as the adult Takao comes to a richer understanding of what she wants and how she wants to live.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Isao Takahata's film is an animation miracle so subtle that it doesn't fully hit you till you take it home and into your dreams.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The story of a young woman who moves back and forth between childhood memories and the dilemmas of her current life, "Only Yesterday" is a realistic, personal story made universal in a delicate way.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Can sometimes seem a little too random in what it chooses to show, but it has a cumulative power as Taeko comes to understand that the past that shaped her needn't define her.

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