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1,273 Ratings

Only Yesterday

Omohide poro poro

Directed by Isao Takahata
Japan, 1991
Animation, Drama, Romance


Realizing she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories which unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys…

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Only Yesterday Directed by Isao Takahata
Only Yesterday is structured much like Coleridge’s poem, Frost at Midnight, in which childhood memories are mediated by a nostalgia for the quiet simplicity of country life in the hopes that one can reimagine one’s childhood more quietly, more simply.
December 28, 2018
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The ending is cute overload, with children from her memories helping her out of the Tokyo-bound train, leading her to her newfound love, and joyously marching through the streets. All of this feels like a tease, yet Taeko finally seems happy to be moving toward something more satisfying than being stuck in the same dysfunctional place.
July 03, 2018
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This is hushed, delicate, detail-oriented filmmaking of the highest quality. The story is told through glances and expressions, and is more interested in capturing inner feeling than it is plot points or conventional characterisation.
June 01, 2016
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