A Letter to Momo

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Released 2014

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Director:
Hiroyuki Okiura
Released:
2014
Rating:
Not rated
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Enveloped in a sweetness that buffers the depths of its emotions, Hiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo explores the stains of loss and regret on a personality too young to articulate...

  • 63

    Slant Magazine Wes Greene

    It offers a realistic portrayal of Momo's emotional state, but this comes at the expense of a deeper exploration into both the story's lush supernatural landscape and its inhabitants.

  • 38

    New York Post Kyle Smith

    A comic adventure that suffers from a dearth of both laughs and thrills.

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