Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) 2008

Cherry Blossoms

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This mature and eloquent meditation on grief and loss sports measured performances and moments of humor.

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Learning that her husband, Rudi (Elmar Wepper), has a terminal illness, Trudi (Hannelore Elsner) hides the knowledge from him and persuades him to visit their son in Japan. During the course of their journey, she dies in her sleep -- before telling Rudi of his impending death. Grief-stricken, he continues on toward Japan, finally finding peace at Mount Fuji.

Cast & Crew

Elmar Wepper
Rudi Angermeier
Hannelore Elsner
Trudi Angermeier
Maximilian Brückner
Karl Angermeier
Birgit Minichmayr
Karolin Angermeier
Felix Eitner
Klaus Angermeier
Floriane Daniel
Emma Angermeier
Celine Tanneberger
Celine Angermeier
Doris Dörrie
Director
Doris Dörrie
Writer
David Groenewold
Executive Producer
Patrick Zorer
Executive Producer
Claus Bantzer
Original Music
Hanno Lentz
Cinematographer
Frank C. Müller
Film Editor
Inez Regnier
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Critic Reviews for Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (12)

  • This may lack the understated pathos of Ozu's somber masterpiece, but it's still a moving meditation on aging and loss, and Wepper and Elsner are unforgettable.

    July 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The example set by Ozu's best works goes unheeded as the film becomes too cutesy and forced to be moving.

    April 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ozu's handling of the frosty schism between awkward parents and their ghastly offspring resulted in a heartbreaking piece of cinema. This lovely update is not quite in the same tragi-comic league, but it's authentic enough to prick tears.

    April 3, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a sweet-natured piece, and though the final section in Tokyo itself is sentimental and over-extended, there are poignant, mordant insights.

    April 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If she doesn't quite go the distance - resonance needs richer characterisation, origami finer scissors - Cherry Blossoms is still a touching, tangibly personal chamber movie.

    April 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A uniquely poignant meditation on mortality.

    April 2, 2009 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms)

  • Apr 29, 2010
    In "Cherry Blossoms," Trudi(Hannelore Elsner), knowing her husband Rudi(Elmar Wepper), a mid-level bureaucrat, is dying, wants to finally travel with him to Japan to visit their son Karl(Maximilian Bruckner), see Mount Fuji and watch a performance of Butoh which she loves. But he decides against it, feeling they have some perfectly fine mountains in Germany, thank you very much. Instead, they travel to Berlin to visit family who feel they are being inconvenienced by their visit. So, the couple moves on to the Baltic Sea. While owing a huge debt to Ozu's magnificent "Tokyo Story" in its depiction of the marginalization of senior citizens, "Cherry Blossoms" is still an amiable and bittersweet meditation on mortality. The movie contains a twist that turns everything on its head and reinforces the notion that we can never take anything for granted.(Strange as it may seem, this reminds me of a line from the voiceover from "Kick-Ass.") Rudi goes through the motions of his clockwork life, thinking that it will always be the same at least until he retires the following year, displaying his lack of imagination. It is Trudi who hears the clock ticking with time running out with the man she has lived with for decades and always thought she would spend the rest of her life with.
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  • Feb 26, 2010
    A remake of, or possibly a homage to, TOKYO STORYas an elderly married German couple, Rudy and Trudy, go visit their offspring when Trudy secretly learns her husband has a fatal illness. A story this relevant to many families can easily take a second version, and this one has some ncely filmed scenes of Germany, Amsterdam and Tokyo for the armchair tourist, good observations about parent-child relationships plus a cute-as-a-button performance by Aya Irizuki as Yu, the Japanese free-spirit who takes the adrift Rudy under her wing..
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2009
    Cherry Blossoms was a deep movie about the contacts and the feelings between an elderly couple and their children and the lost chances to deal with each others lives.The movie;s heart was about grief and how we can never really prepare for it. And also an examination of marriage and of how partners could become so acquaintance with one another as a couple that they lose their identities as individuals, missing out on the dreams and goals they had for their lives when they were young.The pace of the story was slow as too much speed would have destroyed the wonderful artwork inside the movie. The movie was soft, slow, sad, but at the same time a life lesson, to treasure every single person in our surroundings and to care for, as life could never be predicted.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2009
    The first half of Cherry Blossom is a wonderfully realised German tribute to Tokyo Story. An elderly couple go to visit their children only to find that they do not have time for them. The twist here is that the wife knows that the husband is dying but he does not. This adds a forever lingering atmosphere of tragedy, but is far from predictable. The second half of the film moves to Japan and explores it's own territory. Here we are treated to tender and saddening moments that many people will be able to relate to. The Japanese landscapes are captured in a way that fully expresses the wonder felt by the protagonists. Some of the child/parent conflict is a bit blatant and some of the culture cross is uninspired. Another film where a westerner thinks somebody introducing them self as Yu, is saying "you"? Really? Luckily the wonderful and meditative feel that radiates off the film, cover those small blemishes.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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