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A Silent Voice: The Movie (映画 聲の形 )

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Japan · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 2h 10m
Director Naoko Yamada
Starring Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki, Kensho Ono
Genre Animation, Drama, Romance

When a boy bullies the deaf girl in his class, the rest of the class shames him. The boy and the girl leave elementary school and don't speak for years. That is, until the boy, who is older and now feels guilty about bullying her, decides he must see her once more, seeking atonement.

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Total Film by

Viewing the heightened emotion and drama of adolescence with an unjudgemental eye, it’s a reminder that schooldays are always the best.


Los Angeles Times by Charles Solomon

Its wrenching honesty provides a potent counter to the simple-minded let’s-all-be-friends-and-sing-a-song inanities of “My Little Pony,” “The Emoji Movie” and other recent American animated features.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Where director Yamada excels is in depicting the interior worlds of the two main characters, paying particular attention to details, whether visual or sonic, that seem to place a constant divide between Shoya and Shoko.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Yamada makes a point of contrasting the agonising complexity of high-school life with the clean simplicity of the moments that really count: hushed conversations on a bridge in springtime, a shared roller-coaster ride under empty blue skies.


Time Out London by Trevor Johnston

Yamada’s creative direction shows a filmmaker with a distinctive way of looking at the world, following in the footsteps of other maverick Japanese talents like Ozu, Kitano and Miyazaki. Yep, she’s that good.

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