The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) Dir. Mamoru Hosoda – QFT Belfast, 1st Nov
Who’s in it? Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Sachie Hara
What’s it about? Loosely based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui, about a young girl from Tokyo who travels through time after finding a mysterious object at school. Makoto’s aunt, an art restorer at the Tokyo National Museum of history, reveals that she has somehow acquired the ability to “time-leap” and she begins to use her new gift to sort out everyday problems like being late for class, passing her exams and generally avoiding awkward situations. When Makoto realises that what she chooses to do with her gift has unexpected repercussions for her family and friends, and that she only has a limited number of leaps left, she tries to use her remaining leaps to do good in the lives of those closest to her.
Memorable Moments?The story doesn’t shy away from awkward realities and tough truths, especially in one scene with two of Makoto’s friends and a tragic incident involving a train and a faulty bike.
Look Who’s Talking: ‘An imaginative and thoughtfully engaging anime film with a highly effective visual design. This coming-of-age comedy drama has mad inventiveness to spare.’ – Rotten Tomatoes
Like that? Try this: About Time (2013), the final film from Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral director Richard Curtis, stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and the always interesting Bill Nighy. When awkward charmer Tim (Gleeson) turns 21 he inherits the ability to travel back in time, within his own timeline, to make his life the way he wants it to be. As Tim uses his gift to tinker with destiny, he quickly discovers that even for time travellers actions have consequences; sometimes good, sometimes bad, occasionally irreversible.
Trivia Pursuit: The film is a loose sequel to a 1983 live action film of the same name.