Patema (Yukiyo Fujii) lives underground but she is not satisfied with staying there – she wants to explore the rest of the world. Only that topside, gravity is reversed, so for Patema leaving the underground is an eternal fall into the sky. When she does finally make it there, she meets Age (Nobuhiko Okamoto) who helps her stay literally grounded since, as a topsider, Patema’s underground world is the eternal drop and the sky is above for him. But how was their world separated like this? And where can they go from there?
Sakasama no Patema wraps a classic story into an interesting and elaborate concept with beautiful images. It’s not the best film I’ve ever seen (what would that even be), but it is very good.