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Cherry Blossoms (2009)

Hannelore Elsner , Elmar Wepper , Doris Dorrie  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hannelore Elsner, Elmar Wepper, Floriane Daniel, Felix Eitner, Birgit Minichmayr
  • Directors: Doris Dorrie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Y44EBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cherry Blossoms" on IMDb

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS is a tender, emotionally intense and profoundly moving story of marital love. 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.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a work of art November 22, 2009
When her husband is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a German woman named Trudi decides it's time the both of them paid a long overdue visit to their adult children - two of whom live in Berlin and one in Japan. The catch is that the husband, Rudi, doesn't even know he's sick and neither do the kids. Thus, Trudi must live with this horrible secret while putting on a brave face for those around her. But then a different, wholly unforeseen tragedy strikes the family and the movie heads off into an entirely new and utterly unanticipated direction from where we thought it was going.

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.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Richly Textured Film May 24, 2009
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"Cherry Blossoms," directed by Doris Dorrie, is quite simply, the most exquisitely beautiful and wise film I have ever experienced. It surprised me, going in directions I had not forseen, with a freshness and fierceness of love that is as provocative as it is deeply moving. You traverse with the main character, a man who has lived a safely routine, dull life and live with him a transformative, spiritual journey that is beyond the usual cliches, so often played in Hollywood movies. It is simultaneously raw and subtle in it's vision of the true wonder of life and the possibility of really opening to the depths of being. I don't want to give away any of the plot and I would emphasize not even reading the back jacket of the DVD package, nor any reviews that give away any of the plot. I, unfortunately, was not so lucky and the spoilers that are written alter one's experience of it. Better not to know anything of the plot. Yet even if one does read the plot beforehand, it is still an amazing, soul touching experience. This film was life altering for me and helped me in my own inner work and feeling about life, itself. "Cherry Blossoms" has been a blessing, and I have deep gratitude toward the director, who has obviously tapped into life's deepest, nurturing wells and underground springs.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Beauty of An Exquisite Film August 2, 2009
'Cherry Blossoms' is a quiet film that sneaks into your heart and is so unpredictable in interesting ways. This film shows us the cultural differences between Japanese and German lives. This is a story of Trudi and Rudi, a Bavarian couple, and their grown children who have grown apart and find little time for their parents.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema as pure poetry July 3, 2009
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As a poet, I was so moved by this film I could hardly breathe. This is what cinema as art is all about--catharsis. I am quite surprised other reviewers have not mentioned the quintessential role of the young woman playing the mysterious Japanese dancer, for she is the real center of the story. There are so many other things I could say, but I am still "in the movie" as it were. Simply A GREAT WORK OF ART!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely fantastic in story, message, photography and acting
Published 2 months ago by reneta e. nunn
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Published 3 months ago by Takuzo Ishida
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely film. Very touching.
Published 5 months ago by D. Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and love
The movie came recommended by a friend. It was full of nice surprises. Cherry blossoms represent impermanence of bloom one day and gone the next. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jin Hee
5.0 out of 5 stars can true love be found on a disconnect telephone and a disconnected...
a foreign (geman) but well worth it wading through all the subtitles
Published 8 months ago by donaldmize
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if different is what you like
Good movie but not exactly what I expected. If you like a very different story, you might like this. Not all light and airy; kind of a dark movie.
Published 9 months ago by Sandra Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars had to watch again
rarely have i ever watched a movie for the second time. this was an exception. the film captured a family with many complicated interactions. Read more
Published 12 months ago by june f
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting and superb
Top film. Great acting and superb filming
Published 13 months ago by gordon lambkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extraordinary film about what is life about
Published 13 months ago by Felipe berard
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
This film is beautifully written and directed, the acting is wonderful and the story is heart-breaking and redemptive. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pat Hoffman
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