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A German movie set largely in Japan, "Cherry Blossoms" is a beautiful and heartbreaking film about living for the moment and of not putting off till tomorrow what you can do today. It's also marvelously perceptive about the dynamics of parent/child relationships, especially when, as is true in this case, the parents are viewed by their self-absorbed offspring more as burdens to be endured than blessings to be cherished. The irony is that Rudi and Trudi have more in common with - and indeed are treated better by - many of the strangers and casual acquaintances they come in contact with than they are by their own children.
But the movie is also an examination of marriage and of how partners can become so entwined 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 still young and unattached. This is certainly the case for Trudi, who has harbored a lifelong desire to take up Japanese dancing, a desire that Rudi, in his selfish indifference, has pretty much squelched in her for the duration of their marriage.Read more ›
Trudi is called into their physician's office to be told that Rudi has a terminal disease, and she is asked if Rudi should be told. She does not respond, but we know her decision is 'no'. She is advised he has some time and a trip of their lifetime might be a good choice. Right away my hackles rose, how unethical- but as the film moves on I forgot this ethical lapse and fell into the story. Trudi talks hard working Rudi into visiting their two children in Berlin. Even though she would much prefer to visit their son, Karl in Japan. Trudi has had a life long yearning to study the Japanese dance, Butoh and to visit Mt. Fuji. But,l she has devoted her life to her husband and her children. Karl, it seems was her favorite and the other children lived with this knowledge. Off they go to Berlin instead, to find their children immersed in their own lives with no time for them. It is the lover of one of the children who makes the most time for them, and begins to understand Trudi as a woman not only a mother. Complications arise and soon Rudi finds that the woman he called his wife was also someone who had other interests. He visits Karl in Tokyo and once again it is someone outside the family who spends time with Rudi and understands the grief that has enveloped him. A young girl develops a friendship with him, and it is she who has studied Butho dancing and shows Rudi his expressive, artistic side.Read more ›
It is a loving and systematic look at the dynamics of a family of five, what they mean to each other, and the harvest of their individual life choices. The parents are an elderly couple with three grown kids - one girl and two boys. The couple is so close, they are separated by just one letter (i.e. Rudi and Trudi). They live very simply in an alpine area of Bavaria where he is a waste management official, while his wife is the doting hausfrau. Her favorite son, Karl ("Karli"), is a financier who lives in Tokyo. The other two live in Berlin.
When the film opens, Trudi is told by the doctors that her husband has terminal cancer. She decides not to tell him, preferring instead to take him out of his routine and visit the kids, and go for a vacation at the Baltic seaside. She is adventurous and has an inquisitive mind, while he is cocooned in his predictably routine life. They live in a chalet with gingerbread staircase and antlers on the wall. While at the beach he tells her he wants to go back home. He cannot understand her fascination with Japan or the strange dance form called Butoh (the shadow dance of the soul). Unexpectedly, she dies at the beach [don't worry, this film is about the soul, not plot].
The kids and the daughter's female lover meet their dad at the beach and remember Trudi. Interestingly the parents have expressed that they no longer know their kids, and vice versa. It turns out that the girl's lover "gets" Rudi, unlike his kids, spending a lot of time showing him around Berlin.Read more ›
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A beautiful, moving film; the best I have seen for a long time.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
make sure you have the box of tissues at hand. amazing story, one for the older person maybe. the wonderful relationship between the husband and wife. the unexpected occurance. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mrs. rose m meade
Absolutely fantastic in story, message, photography and actingPublished 10 months ago by reneta e. nunn
The movie came recommended by a friend. It was full of nice surprises. Cherry blossoms represent impermanence of life....in bloom one day and gone the next. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jin Hee
a foreign (geman) but well worth it wading through all the subtitlesPublished 17 months ago by donaldmize