This was way, way better than it had any right to be. Such a classic Eighties experience.
Troubled young girl is sent to the country to help her recuperate. Let the healing begin! A beautiful variation on that theme. Story reminds me of Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce, though this one was originally written by Joan Robinson and set in the English fens. I watched the dub. Geena Davis excels in a small role as the auntie/mother. The scene where the girl Anne finally calls her 'mother' is just the best. It's so subtle, almost throwaway,but boy it works. What a swansong for Ghibli!