Spirited Away

During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. The film that brought Ghibli to mainstream audiences. For a Western world raised on Disney traditions, Spirited Away offered something completely different – bearing an unapologetically-anime visual style and steeped in distinctly Japanese traditions. Just look at its grandiose bathhouse setting, its vibrant array of spirits, Haku’s flying dragon form, and the complex, nuanced approach to morality that’s far more complicated than the traditional good-vs-evil binary. Spirited Away feels truly mysterious and otherworldly with all kinds of unsettling imagery (Chihiro’s transformed piggy parents, and the spectral No-Face spirit in particular), anchored by an accessible coming-of-age core. (PG, 125m)

3 Screenings Saturday, June 1st – Tuesday, June 4th – Showtimes & Tickets