ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Kiki's Delivery Service

Coming straight off of three bonafide masterpieces in a row (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro), Miyazaki made quite possibly the sweetest film of his career with the magical Kiki’s Delivery Service. The titular 13-year old witch, about to embark on her mandatory year of independence, heads to the big city with only her talking feline Jiji in tow. Kiki quickly takes a job at a bakery delivering goods by broomstick, but finds herself losing her abilities as the pressures and insecurities of the post-parental world set in. With the perennial push-pull of adolescent (in)dependence at stake–and in this case, the particularly loaded Japanese iteration of such–Kiki is forced to reckon with the threat of unchecked self doubt clouding her head, her heart, and her witchy instincts.

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, 35mm (Japanese w/ English subtitles), 103 min.