27 Jan 2019

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Mari Okada, 2018)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Part unusual coming-of-age story whose heroine actually can't grow old, and part elaborate, highly poetic fantasy with some politics (and endangered dragons) thrown in for a good measure, Mari Okada's emotionally potent directorial debut is also a haunting, deeply personal meditation on motherly love, solitude, loss and transience of human life (inter alia), with the carefully nuanced and skillfully voiced characters, simplistic yet beautiful visuals informed by the aesthetics of medieval Europe, and Kenji Kawai's unobtrusive, gently sweeping score delicately woven into the soft fabric of narrative - the author's own 'Hibiol' that will surely stand the test of time.

2 comments:

  1. Bas se pitao vredi li pogledati. Hvala na preporuci. Da li si mozda gledao Mirai i Penguin Highway!?

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    1. Nisam gledao Mirai (moram da priznam da nisam ljubitelj radova Mamorua Hosode), a ni Penguin Highway. (Čini mi se da još uvek ne postoji ni fansub.)

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