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Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki Japan, 2001

Zach Closs's rating of the film Spirited Away

You need to see it as a kid and an adult to fully appreciate it, I think. I first saw it at 8. I found it scary, but fascinating. It filled me with a desire to explore and learn; I wanted to understand what baffled me, conquer it. It speaks to me in a very different (yet complimentary) way at 22. Sen's terror in the face of overwhelming responsibility, and yearning for a younger, simpler self, touched me deeply.