Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

An immortal girl and a mortal boy form a bond in this Japanese high fantasy film - the directorial debut of prolific screenwriter Mari Okada.

Though only 15, Maquia knows she will live for centuries without aging past adolescence. She belongs to the Iorph, a clan of ageless beings. Her elders warn her not to fall in love with an outsider, but fate pushes Maquia out into the mortal world where she discovers an orphaned baby, Erial, and takes him in as her own child. Maquia suffers heartbreak in the name of motherhood as she watches Erial grow and as she seeks to reconnect with her lost Iorph friends, all torn apart by the cruel world of Mesate.

2018Rating: M, Violence & content that may disturb115 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
AnimatedFantasyWorld Cinema

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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms / Reviews

Time Out

Time Out

'Fantasy' often conjures visions of a Tolkien-esque mix of dragons, elves, quests and big blokes with axes, but Japanese writer-director Mari Okada's animated epic has done something impressively new with the genre.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The animation here is dazzling: wheat glows golden in the fields; a dog bounds with the bliss of being able to run free on a warm day.

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Japan Times

Japan Times

Maquia is a solid directorial debut and, with its relatable message, it may also find the prolific screenwriter new fans.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The storyline doesn't explore motherhood much farther than this, but the emotional resonance is powerfully evocative.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...the story of Maquia and her odyssey into motherhood is both intimate and monumental.

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