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Patema Inverted

From visionary director Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve) comes PATEMA INVERTED, a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities.

Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void - and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would "fall up" into the sky and be lost forever.

Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the "sinners who fell into the sky." When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together their weights cancel each other out, and once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade the leaders of Age's world and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart.

Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Futurewave Youth Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival

"Yasuhiro Yoshiura has fashioned an ingenious animated fable, rooted in scientific phenomena which will stir the imaginations of adults and kids alike, challenging as it might be at times for the latter demographic." - David Noh, Film Journal International

Comments (10)

Ray avatar

Each twist was a full 180.

Anonymous picture

i see what you did there

Anna avatar

A great sci-fi animation film! Really liked the vivid colors used throughout the film and the imaginative setting that the director chose for his characters.

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Anonymous picture

It was mindbending and captivating. Loved the art and soundtrack. My only complaint is that the ending and gravity thing was confusing and hard to grasp.

Miir avatar

I love this movie! I love all the visuals and the setting and even the characters.

Anonymous picture

i have been a fan of anime movies as they have always seemed to create new conceptual ideas without breaking the rules of storytelling and each story brings something new to the table, the movies dont give the idea away immediately and leaves you guessing about whats going to happen next, so ...Read more

Anonymous picture

This was phenomenal- I was captivated by the story and the imagery and pleasantly surprised by how it made me think.

Anonymous picture

Very original and inspiring story. The soundtrack is transcendental. The plot complicated yet simple. A love story, a dystopian adventure, and a story of success and hope. Definitely worth watching!

Ariel avatar

A dreamy and imaginative tale of adventure. Patema has a lovable, courageous spirit and the soundtrack of this film is spectacular.