Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) – 31th Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

Kiki's Delivery Service is a lovable 1989 anime from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki […]. Like his classic My Neighbour Totoro, this seamlessly works elements of fantasy and mild crises into an everyday children’s story, though this one serves more as a primer for womanhood. Kiki is a young witch – a profession that carries no sinister associations. Having reached the age of 13, tradition dictates that she must fly the nest on a sort of witchy gap year. Accompanied by her sardonic cat Jiji, and with a shaky grip of broomstick aviation, she winds up lodging with a kindly baker, for whom she begins an airborne delivery service.

The plot is so loose as to barely exist, but beneath its sunny, colour-saturated, beautifully animated surface, the film becomes a benign guided tour of femininity (there’s barely a male character in the film), gently broaching universal coming-of-age issues such as independence, insecurity, and even – more boldly than any Western children’s movie would contemplate – sexuality.

Theme: School Kino
Country: Japan
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki (Eiko Kadono)
Starring: Sara Nieminen, Ilari Johansson, Henna Hyttinen, Elsa Saisio
Production: Hayao Miyazaki, Tōru Hara / Studio Ghibli
Duration: 103 min
Age limit: S
Language: Finnish

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