The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

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9/10 Small Wonders

One of Ghibli’s best, and that’s saying something.

The Secret World of Arrietty is about a young man with a grave illness who gets shipped to a house in the county so he can rest up before undergoing surgery. According to former residents, legend has it that the estate was, and may still be, home to a family of a different sort: four-inch-tall “borrowers” who live under the floorboards and steal stuff from the pantry. Ridiculous, right? Well not to the current housekeeper who’s so convinced of their existence that she’s made it her life mission to have them exterminated. As for our guest, he doesn’t know what to believe…that is until he sees them with his own eyes. So with their lives no longer secret and the repercussions that may follow, the family under the floorboards is forced into a pickle: uproot their home, or…

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