Belle (2021)

"Colors and hearts explode in 'Belle,' and your head might too while watching this gorgeous anime." - New York Times

From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.

Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters "U", a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious "beast" and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.

"The film’s message is a beautiful one: to integrate our real-life vulnerabilities with the persona we project is to become all the more powerful." - Observer (UK)

"Oscar shortlisted for best animated film, this ravishing new gem from anime master Mamoru Hosoda is a knockout fantasia that cuts to the core of Gen Z lives that revolve around digi-tech and yet speaks a universal language of love and loss." - Peter Travers, ABC News

"Heartfelt and wildly imaginative, Belle is another triumph from one of animations best directors." - Tilt Magazine

"Hosoda's backdrops, with their soft colors and photorealist details, are always gorgeous enough to get lost in, but they also tell a deeper story of community and healing." - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times


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