Arriety written by Hayao Miyazaki and based on Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers, introduces us to a world hidden beneath the floor boards.

Within this world we meet a family of little people who live out their days borrowing food and supplies from the human’s. When one of them is spotted by a human, the family is forced to leave their comfortable home in fear for their lives and the survival of their species.

Like most of Miyazaki’s work, the film captivates the audience with the magic and beauty of the borrower’s world. By intensifying the sound levels and showing the size comparison between the borrowers’ and humans world, right down to the surface tension of the water droplets; the audience is transformed into the world of the borrowers’.

Arriety is a film filled with excitement, magic, innocence and unlikely relationships that leaves you thinking, ‘Miyazaki you’ve done it again!’

By Robyn Chiffey
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