The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

A very long adaptation of a Japanese fairytale from Studio Ghibli. The court vs country dichotomy it sets up – whereby the titular heroine wants nothing more than to frolic with the peasant children while her father does his best to marry her off to the wealthy and powerful – is laboured. And the finale, in which a mean silent Buddha kidnaps the Princess so she can live with her own people on the moon, is more than a little ridiculous. But behind these conflicts is the more simple and devastating story of two parents trying to make their child happy and getting it disastrously wrong. Perhaps I'm in a sentimental mood, but it's the second time I've been teary at watching a film this weekend.

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