For young Maquia, a member of the long-lived and practically immortal lorph race, this warning from the tribe's elder seems both confusing and irrelevant. When the lorph are attacked by those who wish to take their powers of longevity for themselves, Maquia finds herself fleeing her home and venturing into the outside world for the first time. As a result of her escape, Maquia comes across an orphaned baby and, taking pity on him, decides to raise him. So begins a journey of discovery through the ages which gives weight to the elder's words, as time moves on and Maquia's world is changed irreversibly by the many meetings and partings which cross her path. 'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms' is a heartfelt and touching story of connections, motherhood, and the rich tapestry of life.
Ambitious but soporific
- Maquia review by Alphaville
Grossly overpraised animation in the Ghibli mode. The fantasy landscapes are imaginative, colourful and gorgeous, but the blank-faced characters lack the Miyazaki touch of realism. As for the silly coming-of-age plot, surely it’s aimed at young children. Watch the trailer first, with its whispering voices and anodyne muzak, to see whether you can sit through two hours of it.
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