The most bittersweet, lovable adult drama released so far in 2016 is an animated film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli made in 1991. Seriously.
The film is Isao Takahata’s “Only Yesterday,” which features new voiceover work from Daisy Ridley (Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). It will screen at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 and 28 in the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.).
The films of Studio Ghibli have found a local home at the North Park. The theater has shown a number of Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest films, most recently screening his epic “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.”
“Only Yesterday” is quite different. It’s a small-scale, intimate effort from the director of the heartbreaking “Grave of the Fireflies.” And it finally has earned a North American release through distributor GKIDS.
The story of a single 27-year-old in Tokyo remembering life as a schoolgirl, “Yesterday” is a profound, entertaining reflection on growing up. As the voice of Takeo, Ridley is once again intelligent and immensely likable. Also fine is Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) as the voice of possible suitor Toshio.
“Only Yesterday” is a gem. It’s a bit adult for little ones, but just right for tweens and up. Tickets are $5; visit northparktheatre.org.