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.

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Animated, Fantasy, World Cinema

115mins

Rating: M Violence & content that may disturb

Japanese with English subtitles

Japan

Japan Times

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

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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Certainly isn't without its charms.

FilmInk (Australia)

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

Hollywood Reporter

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

The Guardian

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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.

TimeOut (London)

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'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.