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HomeReview‘The Colours Within’: Annecy Review

‘The Colours Within’: Annecy Review

Dir: Naoko Yamada. Japan. 2024. 101mins

Three Japanese teenage misfits discover friendship and a artistic outlet once they kind a band collectively. Tonsuko (voiced by Sayu Suzukawa) is a saintly house cadet who sees the world just a little in a different way. Kimi (Akari Takaishi) is a highschool dropout who can’t admit to her grandmother that she has flunked her training. And Rui (Taisei Kido) is the dorky introvert who’s being pushed right into a profession in medication. The most recent movie from A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada, The Colors Inside is a strikingly beautiful piece of 2D animation. It’s as candy as its candy-store color palette, however there’s emotional nourishment within the movie’s delicate dealing with of adlescent angst and loneliness.

A charmer of a film

Yamada has already demonstrated a present for tapping into the dynamics of adolescent outsiders and for telling the tales of younger individuals who don’t fairly match into the highschool panorama – A Silent Voice handled incapacity and bullying. And he or she can also be well-versed in tales that discover the unifying energy of music: The Colors Inside follows her 2018 characteristic, Liz And The Blue Chook, which explored the friendship between two remaining 12 months college students who’re members of the varsity’s brass ensemble, and the collection Ok-On!, about an all-girl highschool rock band.

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Drawing on and deepening earlier themes in Yamada’s work, The Colours Inside, which premieres at Annecy, is a charmer of a film, pulling off the tough steadiness of being disarmingly cute and cute with out shedding contact with the bewildering, gnawing ache of being a teen. Toho will launch in Japan on August 30, whereas Gkids holds the rights for North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand and Anime Ltd. has picked the movie up for the UK, Eire, and all of Europe the place an end-of-year launch is deliberate.

Yamada’s work is distinctive for its dreamy aesthetic, its use of color and impressionistic thrives: all of which makes her notably well-suited to inform a narrative by way of the eyes of a personality like Tonsuko. She will not be like the opposite ladies at her Catholic boarding faculty. Tonsuko has synesthesia, a situation which, in her case, signifies that she sees folks as colors. It’s one thing that she doesn’t discuss however that, like most issues in her life, the pious and relentlessly optimistic Tonsuko regards as a present – even when she is floored by a volleyball as a result of she is so distracted by a fellow participant’s shimmering cobalt blue aura.

That luminous, soulful blue belongs to Kimi, and it’s probably the most lovely color that Tonsuko has ever ‘felt’ (her synesthetic notion of colors is, she explains in a voiceover, not a completely visible expertise). All of which provides Yamada and her animation workforce free reign to create one thing playful, experimental and arrestingly beautiful as a window into Tonsuko’s distinctive notion of the world round her.

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Shortly after the basketball incident, Kimi, hitherto an honours scholar and the chief of the varsity choir, stops attending courses. Rumours abound – she talked again to a nun, she had a secret boyfriend – however no one appears to know why she left, solely that she is now working in a bookstore someplace within the metropolis (the movie is about in and round Nagasaki). Fascinated by Kimi’s color, Tonsuko units out to seek out her – and she or he does so on the level when gauche music nerd Rui strikes up a dialog, Kimi’s guitar being the icebreaker. Stumbling, stuttering and paralysed by social anxiousness, the three one way or the other agree to begin a band collectively. Rehearsals in an deserted church on an island are a right away success, and the children uncover a newfound eloquence and technique of expression by way of music.

The screenplay hints at however doesn’t dwell on the respective household pressures that form the three – in Tonsuko’s case the sparse backstory is likely one of the movie’s missed alternatives. She appears nearer in spirit to the faculties’ cool nun, Sister Hiyoko (Yui Aragati) than she is to her mom, who we see solely briefly.

If non secular religion is a theme that’s threaded by way of the story, so is the thought of music as an embrace of the numerous potentialities of the world. And the movie’s eclectic rating displays that, as extra typical piano melodies give option to a variety of quirky devices (Rui performs a theremin, at one level there’s a montage set to what appears like Underworld’s ’Born Slippy’ performed on a glockenspiel). And the movie’s musical climax, on the faculty’s Valentine’s Day live performance, contains a lyrically bewildering however infectiously upbeat quantity composed by Tonsuko, which is so irrepressibly perky it has the nuns jiving within the aisles. 

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Manufacturing corporations: Story Inc, Science Saru Inc

Worldwide gross sales: Charades gross sales@charades.eu

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Producers: Yoshihiro Furusawa, Genki Kawamura, Eunyoung Choi, Wakana Okamura, Kohei Sakita

Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida

Artwork path: Midori Shimada Yuuna Murooka

Animation: Takashi Kojima

Enhancing: Kiyoshi Hirose

Music: Kensuke Ushio

Predominant solid: Sayu Suzukawa, Akari Takaishi, Taisei Kido, Yasuko, Keiko Toda, Yui Aragaki


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