Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Reviews

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November 30, 2019
Mari Okada directs and pens a film that revolves around three concepts that intertwine and combine to a rather unique presentation: Love, time and memory.
June 4, 2019
(Written by James Perkins) An intimate and beautiful tale of tragedy and maternal love that will bring audiences to tears
February 13, 2019
I loved everything about the film
January 19, 2019
Not only is this film extremely ambitious but it is also a sweet heartfelt story about the bond between a mother and her adopted son
November 6, 2018
An exceptional screenwriter debuts as a director with a delicate, imperfect and exquisite work. [Full review in Spanish]
August 29, 2018
If the film is a bit frustrating on the storytelling front, it makes up for it with some staggeringly beautiful imagery.
August 26, 2018
It's sweet to the point of ugly crying with bittersweetness
July 26, 2018
[A] beautiful and melancholic story about myth and reality, death and what it means to live, and the inherent contradictions of parenthood.
July 26, 2018
The film embraces its female-centric premise while mostly eschewing traditional romance for its heroine, preferring to focus on passion of another kind, with the movie's rich visuals bringing all of its ideals to breathtaking life.
July 22, 2018
Despite being set in a Lord of the Rings-ish fantasy world, the core themes of loss, aging, and motherhood have real-world emotional resonance.
July 21, 2018
We don't even notice how deep Okada has driven her storytelling dagger until she pulls it out in the end, and the tears come, adding, to the bitterness and sweetness of this moving and strange little fable, a hefty dose of salt.
July 20, 2018
This eerie and affecting feature debut from writer-director Mari Okada blends fantasy and coming-of-age stories.
July 19, 2018
At almost two hours, the film feels a bit long and suffers from multiple endings, but Okada is clearly a talent to watch.
July 16, 2018
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
In her directorial debut Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, Mari Okada weaves a beautiful story about motherhood, aging, and loss.
July 2, 2018
A colourful, richly imaginative world of soaring dragons and clockwork and castles.
June 28, 2018
The visuals outshine the story events in Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms.
June 28, 2018
'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 27, 2018
Soppy, heartfelt and at times over-sentimental, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is a wonderful animation that manages, for the most part, to hit all the right notes.
June 27, 2018
The storyline doesn't explore motherhood much farther than this, but the emotional resonance is powerfully evocative.
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