Keswick Film Club - Cherry Blossoms

Sunday 18th October 5:00 PM

Cherry Blossoms (Kirschblüten - Hanami)

Director: Doris Dörrie Country: Germany
Cert: TBC Year: 2008 Length: 127 mins Language: German & Japanese
Cherry Blossoms

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Audience Reaction

Score: 85.71% Attendance: 107



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In this modern homage to Ozu’s 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story, Dörrie’s moving and fascinating film begins with Trudi (Hannelore Elsner) being told by doctors that her husband, Rudi (Elmar Wepper), has a fatal illness - one whose progression is difficult to predict. Trudi keeps the knowledge of his fate to herself, encouraging him to take a trip with her to Japan. All he will agree to however is a trip to Berlin to visit their son, Klaus and daughter, Karolin - a minor disaster since either their son, nor his family, nor Karolin has time for them. So the story progresses towards Japan in an entirely unexpected way, and cherry blossoms become a metaphor for life's ephemeral beauty...


open_quote A big hit in its native Germany, this bouquet of nicely observed private moments packs an unexpectedly profound emotional punch. close_quote Rob Daniel, Sky Movies


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