Kikin lähettipalvelu (1989)

The screenings on Sep 26th at 9:30 at Savoy and Sept 27th at 13:00 at Bio Rex are mostly for school groups and the ticket offices at Savoy and Bio Rex are not open at that time.

[Kiki’s Delivery Service is] a lovable 1989 anime from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki […]. Like his classic My Neighbour Totoro, this seamlessly works elements of fantasy and mild crises into an everyday children’s story, though this one serves more as a primer for womanhood. Kiki is a young witch – a profession that carries no sinister associations. Having reached the age of 13, tradition dictates that she must fly the nest on a sort of witchy gap year. Accompanied by her sardonic cat Jiji, and with a shaky grip of broomstick aviation, she winds up lodging with a kindly baker, for whom she begins an airborne delivery service.
The plot is so loose as to barely exist, but beneath its sunny, colour-saturated, beautifully animated surface, the film becomes a benign guided tour of femininity (there’s barely a male character in the film), gently broaching universal coming-of-age issues such as independence, insecurity, and even – more boldly than any Western children’s movie would contemplate – sexuality.

Steve Rose, The Guardian

  • Orig. title: Majo no takkyûbin
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Finnish
  • Distribution: Cinema Mondo
  • Cinematography: Shigeo Sugimura
  • Editing: Takeshi Seyama