Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Mari Okada är en av de mest profilstarka manusförfattarna i animevärlden just nu. MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS är hennes regidebut - en mycket vacker, sentimental fantasyhistoria om moderskap, fördomar och åldrande.
A gentle, enchanted race of weavers, the Iolph pass the many centuries of their lives crafting their traditional fabrics in their idyllic, isolated village. Among this perpetually youthful tribe is Maquia, beloved by all but touched by loss and loneliness. The peace is shattered when soldiers arrive astride dragons, dispatched by the King of Mesate to wrest away the spoils and secrets of the Iolph. Maquia succeeds in escaping, only to find herself cast into the unknown wilderness. When she discovers an orphaned baby boy, as lost and forlorn as she, Maquia feels compelled to care for him as they seek their way in the world of humans - a world in growing turmoil. The bond between Maquia and her ward Erial, however, is one woven with threads of tragedy.
"Touching and thoroughly imaginative, Mari Okada’s first feature film offers a welcomely sentimental celebration of motherhood which is rare in cinema in general, nevermind anime"
- Andrew Gordon from The Fountain
"Mari Okada weaves a beautiful story about motherhood, aging, and loss"
- Miranda Sanchez from IGN Movies
"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."
- James Berardinelli from ReelViews
"Fantasy often conjures visions of a Tolkien-esque mix of dragonselves, quests and big blokes with axes, but Japanese writer-director Mari Okada's animated epic has done something impressively new with the genre."
- Dan Jolin from Time Out