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Film Threat by
If you’re not a fan of anime, give it try. Be open and patient.
The Guardian by
It is a poignant set-up but, disappointingly, Okada’s ideas about motherhood don’t cut as deep as they could.
Los Angeles Times by
At almost two hours, the film feels a bit long and suffers from multiple endings, but Okada is clearly a talent to watch.
Time Out by
Ultimately, it’s [Okada's] attention to the emotional content, honed over years of writing romantic youth dramas (both animated and live action), that makes ‘Maquia’ so compelling. It’s a coming-of-age story, of sorts, even if the main character can’t age.
The Hollywood Reporter by
Okada both wrote and directed Maquia, which showcases her ability to depict complex relationships and project delicate character arcs.
Though not unusual for animated movies to provoke tears, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is perhaps the second animated film I would openly classify as a “tearjerker” (the first being Grave of the Fireflies).
It’s possible that the film’s passing pleasures are so rich that 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.
A tale of love, wine and angels
Beautiful word, beautiful world
Although she should be studying for her final exams, Kokone, a schoolgirl who lives in a small town with her widowed father, falls asleep often, anywhere, anytime, entering, over and over, a dream-world where a squad of fantastic motorized contraptions fights against magic, a world close to reality where she will find out the keys of her true past.
One fateful, adventurous night --- that feels like a dream.
A penguin has appeared in my town.