Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Most Japanese anime films that win U.S. theatrical distribution are science fiction, fantasy, or coming-of-age stories; this eerie and affecting feature debut from writer-director Mari Okada blends the last two genres. The heroine belongs to a legendary, sequestered race of ethereal weavers who live for centuries but retain their teenage appearance; after their homeland is invaded, she flees to a quasi-European medieval kingdom, rescuing an orphaned infant boy along the way. An old soul in the body of a chaste girl, she awakens psychologically when she realizes that she will long outlive the humans she comes to love, including her young son. In Japanese with subtitles.