For those who don’t know, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms follows Maquia, a 15-year-old girl from an ancient civilization called the Iorph. Known for their long lifespans, an outside force soon invades and conquers the civilization hoping to strengthen their bloodlines and make their next king live forever. Eventually she’s able to escape and soon finds herself in human territory.
As she’s about to kill herself, Maquia hears a baby’s cries only to discover it in the arms of its slain mother. Unwilling to let the baby die, she saves and adopts the child and begins her new adventure as a mother. As a hunted woman, Maquia must protect herself and her new son, Ariel, as they deal with the complications of their relationship as the years pass.
More than anything else, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is an ode to mothers everywhere.
The love, compassion, strength, and tenderness expressed by Maquia is commonplace for moms, no matter how strained the relationship. Which is what makes moms so incredible. There is a moment early into Maquia’s motherhood when she’s hit with the reality that she’ll outlive Ariel. As she runs away sobbing, her friend Lang catches up, telling her,
You can’t cry. Moms don’t cry.
It is in that moment our lead character understands she must not only bear the strength of her world but Ariel’s as well. She is his world and doesn’t want him to see it crumble. From that point on, we see her exude superhuman internal strength and fortitude to hold her and her son’s relationship together through every struggle.
The film is visually stunning. And for once, the CGI was impeccable.
The backgrounds and locations were jaw-droppingly gorgeous. And it was as much a delight for the eyes as for the ears. I typically don’t notice soundtracks, but I did this time.
It was impossible not to think of my own mom throughout the movie. Something she always tells me is echoed throughout the movie, “No matter how old you get, you’ll always be my baby.” And well, while Maquia has the superhuman ability to not cry, I sure as hell didn’t.
a beautiful story—maybe not an original one—but a beautiful story never the less. If you’re lucky, you can still catch this in theaters. If not, definitely don’t miss your chance when it hits streaming services.