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Your Name

Whereas so many movie romances begin with a charming meet-cute and progress from there, audiences can never be quite sure whether the central couple in “Your Name” could ever meet, even though they have a weird habit of waking up in one another’s bodies. An endearingly loopy mix of time-travel, body-swap, and disaster-movie ingredients that’s already a massive hit in its native Japan, this unconventional romance hails from the imagination of Makoto Shinkai, a talented up-and-coming animation director who launched his career with the ultra-indie “Voices of a Distant Star,” and who has dedicated himself to creating some of the country’s most stunning anime ever since. Not that Westerners even know Doctor Strange his name. Now they will, thanks to this wildly inventive new feature, which began its international travels in competition at the San Sebastian film festival (following a way-below-the-radar premiere at Los Angeles’ Anime Expo last July).

Because neither Newton’s Laws nor traditional genre rules apply here, “Your Name’s” fantastical premise skips the usual love-at-first-sight cliché and introduces its would-be couple — big-city Tokyo teen Taki (voiced by Ryûnosuke Kamiki) and provincial schoolgirl Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) — under far more intimate circumstances: Taki’s first impression of Mitsuha is how strange it is to suddenly awaken with boobs, and he can’t resist groping “himself” in what becomes a running joke. So, rather than worrying about all the things that could potentially come between them, as we normally would in a romantic drama, here, the suspense hinges on whether these two characters will succeed in figuring out who one another actually is — and from there, why the cosmos have seen fit to connect them in the first place.

Duration: 106 min

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IMDb: 8.4

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