Beginning with the lyrical image of cherry blossoms falling at five centimeters a second, Makoto Shinkai paints a breathtakingly vivid tableau of young love, desire, loss, and hope. Told in three interconnected segments, the film follows a young man named Takaki through his life of cruel winters, cold technology, and adult obligations and responsibility that ultimately converge to test the delicate petals of love. Finding beauty in everyday objects and moments, Shinkai reveals he is a master of animation and beautifully haunting storytelling. Fall in love with this gorgeous thoughtful film hailed by critics and audiences alike for its beauty, truth, and innovation in animation.
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