Cherry Blossoms

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  • Summary: Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated but vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey - to Tokyo -Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated but vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey - to Tokyo - in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence and new beginnings. (Strand Releasing) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. A stunning reminder of the omnipresence of mortality.
  2. Doerrie goes beyond the "Lost in Translation" jokes about East-West culture clashes to communicate something meaningful and deep about Japanese art and thought.
  3. There's a grace to it all, and moments of oddball poetry.
  4. 70
    Thanks to an accomplished cast, anchored by Elsner and Wepper, and observant filmmakers, very little in Cherry Blossoms is lost in translation.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    It's a strained but heartfelt work of muted sentimentality, obvious in its symbolism but grounded in a sense of life's preciousness and brevity. Depending on your mood and indulgence, you may weep or you may be left out in the cold.
  6. 50
    The movie's conceits are just barely endurable, but the sharpness of Dörrie's eye--for Tokyo's electric night, for Fuji's iconographic landscapes, for cherry blossoms--sustains emotion even when story logic fails.
  7. 50
    The best I can say for Cherry Blossoms is that it's made with love; the worst, that it's been a big hit in Germany. Yearning for Ozu, Dörrie stops off at cute, and parks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. WalterL.
    Jan 16, 2009
    9
    A charming movie about youth, old age, death and hope across cultures.
  2. JuliaA.
    May 22, 2009
    9
    Portrayal of wanderlust in affection and admiration.
  3. ChrisK.
    May 22, 2009
    9
    The film shows not only the dynamics of husband and wife, but also of parents and children. Love can be taken for granted, and time shows no The film shows not only the dynamics of husband and wife, but also of parents and children. Love can be taken for granted, and time shows no mercy on those who wait for happiness and intimacy. I was not totally engrossed in the movie, but I did find it emotionally satisfying. Expand
  4. KenjiC
    Aug 22, 2009
    9
    A German director Doris Dorrie

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