Genre: Drama, History, Animation. Dir: Sunao Katabuchi. Country: Japan. English subtitles.
Suzu, a teenage girl with a passion for drawing, comes of age in the mid-1930s in a port town near Hiroshima.
As she grows older and marries a young clerk, Suzu has to develop the forbearance to manage a household in the midst of war time, when the daily loss of life’s amenities is in freefall and impending catastrophe is on the horizon.
This stunning hand-drawn animation is another example of the strength and variety of Japan’s animation industry, resulting in a wondrously subtle and moving work of art.