GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
Grave of the Fireflies
In Isao Takahata’s anime film — now vibrantly restored and reissued on DVD — a Japanese boy and his little sister are left orphaned and homeless after enemy planes firebomb their village during WWII. Most of it takes place in a deceptively pastoral setting, where the children find refuge in a hillside cave, forage every day for food, and, sometimes, still laugh and play. But even their lighthearted moments are shadowed by looming tragedy. The film is so deeply sorrowful that it’s sometimes hard to watch, yet so filled with painterly beauty that you cannot look away.