Jan 12, 2019
Based on a novel written a hundred years ago, about a young orphan girl who gets the chance to go to college by a mysterious benefactor, with the stipulation that she write him at least one letter each month.
To be honest, I was completely unfamiliar with the literary work, so I was going in to this short movie as if it was its own stand-alone work. At its heart, it's a "feel-good" story about a young girl who has a happy college life without many conflicts and ends up living happily ever after. As such, it can get
pretty saccharine in parts, as she experiences the life of a high-society girl, coming from her humble origins.
Given that this is under an hour long, and it is adapting a longer literary work, of course you can tell there are parts that are cut out, and not covered in any detail. There are hints of a love rivalry that are never fleshed out, and her simple life in the orphanage is barely a few minutes at the start.
The artwork is fairly unsophisticated (even for the time it was produced, forty years ago), and the animation is similarly unimpressive. But if you are looking for a lightweight, shallow girl coming-of-age story, that's what you'll get.
Reviewer’s Rating: 5
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