Makoto Shinkai’s #WeatheringWithYou… has been characterised as both a fantastical love story between the two main protagonists… and an affront to climate change activists… — symptomatic of some perceived apathy of Japanese society. But there’s a strong thread of people creating family, in the fragmented and desperate circumstances in which they find themselves. Families whose members include sage cats and old-beyond-their-years children. Running through it is a visual poem to rain, standing water and storms, all rendered in the director’s painstakingly beautiful style. Also humour. It explores people’s reactions, trivial and profound in the face of runaway climate change. And the dilemma; that which of us wouldn’t sacrifice the world for their nearest and dearest—even if characterised by wider society as ‘pretended family relationships’. Recommended viewing.