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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018)

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Though only 15, Maquia knows she will live for centuries without aging past adolescence. She belongs to the Iorph, a clan of ageless beings just like her. Maquia's elders warn her not to fall in love with anyone outside their realm, lest she wish to encounter true loneliness in the end. But fate pushes Maquia out into the mortal world one night, when an invading territory separates her from the clan. There she discovers an orphaned baby, Ariel, and takes him in as her own child. From this point, Maquia will suffer extreme heartbreak in the name of motherhood, as she watches Ariel grow and seeks to reconnect with her lost Iorph friends, all torn apart by the cruel world of Mesate.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

This eerie and affecting feature debut from writer-director Mari Okada blends fantasy and coming-of-age stories.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

At almost two hours, the film feels a bit long and suffers from multiple endings, but Okada is clearly a talent to watch.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

'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.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 4.5 | Full Review…
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The storyline doesn't explore motherhood much farther than this, but the emotional resonance is powerfully evocative.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

I could easily find myself dismissing these stories strangely told stories and miss out on a beautiful tale, simply because it's different. If you're not a fan of anime, give it try. Be open and patient.

July 16, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

In her directorial debut Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, Mari Okada weaves a beautiful story about motherhood, aging, and loss.

July 15, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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