Japanese: 耳をすませば / Mimi wo sumaseba / If you listen closely
Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki
Based on the manga by Aoi Hiiragi
The universe of Baron refers to the world of Iblard, created by the artist Naohisa Inoue.
Music by Yuji Nomi :
1. oka no machi
2. neko wo oikakete
4. erufu no jyo-ou
5. natsu no owari
7. densha ni yurarete
8. oka no ue, bifuu ari
9. engel's zimmer - tenshi no heya
10. violin tuning
11. country road - violin
12. manten no hoshizora
13. nagareru kumo, kagayaku oka
14. kimeta! watashi monogatari wo kaku
15. jyoushou kiryuu wo tsukamu no da!
16. furui mokuhanga
18. mayoi no mori
20. baron no uta
22. country road
"Strange, its as if I have known you for a long time" - Shizuku -
Shizuku is exactly how I was when I was young. Seeing this masterpiece helped me to pursue my dreams. Simply, I owe to this film what I am today.
Yoshifumi Kondo didn't need to put magic, fantastic or anything else. He was able to show us the beauty of the true world and all the possibilities of our own imagination. When he passed away, all the non-conformist children became orphans.
Oh, and thank you, Aoi Hiiragi, for the great characters you created.
10/10. Perfect timeless classic for everyone who believes in the power of creativity.
IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC
As I wrote in many other reviews, most of the films and series episodes are either very good from the beginning or very bad. You don't need an hour to figure it out, or even ten minutes. There is a kind of instant magic. And this magic can be found instantly in this film, "Whisper of the Heart."
TAKE ME HOME
And from the first minutes, I felt that the film took me in a home that felt familiar although I was never inside. Visually, the film is really truly beautiful. In the true sense. There is no special moments when the director wanted to show off simply for the sake of it. The director actually depicts a real world and simply puts a great story in it.
TAKE YOUR TIME, HURRY UP, THE CHOICE IS YOURS
The pace of the film is slow, but the film is never boring. On the contrary, even though the story is light, I was deeply interested and engaged in the film. Every little thing felt important to me, whether it was following a cat or listening to a story of the grandfather.
MUSIC MAKES THE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER
The musicality of the film made it also very interesting.
There are three cult scenes to me:
- The moment when the two young characters are playing/singing the song and are then joined by the older people. The moment Shizuku is clapping in such a delicate and innocent matter...
- The scene in which the father is giving her young daughter the permission for her to follow her dreams.
- The moment where the sun rises up, at the end of the film. Again, very delicate and never too much. Just perfect.