“back then if we could have heard each others voices, everything would have been so much better”. after reading this quote I thought of watching this movie called, A silent voice.
A Silent Voice (or “The Shape of a Voice”) is a great addition to the “slice of life” anime of modern times. At times life affirming in its quieter moments, at other times shocking in its depiction of Japanese teen life.
Egged on by his school mates, Shoya bullies the newly arrived Shoko, who happens to be deaf. Perceived to be receiving special treatment, and being different (a crime in Japanese society), Shoko is fair game for any number of cruelties. Until it goes too far.
This movie then takes a different approach. Instead of showing the bullied person’s return to strength, it shows the traumatised bully (and his cohorts) as he seeks to recover from the horror he put Shoko through. You may balk at the thought, but the paths of Shoya and Shoko are explored in their later high school lives, both being treated sympathetically.
The animation is beautiful, the script manages to avoid typical Japanese cliche, and the story takes some shocking turns without relying on trite misery or emotional manipulation. If you miss Ghibli, give this a watch. You’ll be happy to know the spirit of great Japanese animation lives on.
A Silent Voice or Shape of Voice is a beautiful drama film about a guy who struggles to redeem his past that tackles heavy themes such as bullying.
Apparently, there are a lot of characters in this 2-hour long film. And quite a number of them I believe didn’t develop to the maximum as the film concludes but it was suffice enough to convey the message that the film desires to.
However, huge compliments should be given to this film for the amazing build up before reaching its climax which is realistically intense, powerful and heartfelt that will leave you on the edge of your seat with your jaws dropped. You might as well cry, too.