Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms)
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Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms)
An elderly husband suffering from a terminal illness begins to appreciate his wife on a whole new level after she dies suddenly during a trip to see their children and grandchildren in Berlin. Rudi is not long for this world, but only his doctor and his wife, Trudi, know how serious his condition has truly become. As Trudi wrestles with whether or not to break the news to her ailing husband, the doctor recommends to her that the couple perhaps do something that they have been planning for years but could never find the time to fit into their busy schedules. Later, after convincing Rudi to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"A uniquely poignant meditation on mortality."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A quiet, moving tale of love and loss."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A bare reading of the plot doesn't actually do justice to the subtle beauty of this exquisite little film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Cherry Blossoms is not a complete train wreck, although at 127 minutes it's way too long for the ground that it covers."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"This is a sweet-natured piece, and though the final section in Tokyo itself is sentimental and over-extended, there are poignant, mordant insights."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The movie is an ideal blend of character study, deceptively simple plot twists, inspired acting, and travelogue."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"If you have ever seen Yasujiro Ozu's masterpiece Tokyo Story -- one of the greatest films ever made -- you may respond to Doris Dörrie's Cherry Blossoms, which is a kind of homage."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The example set by Ozu's best works goes unheeded as the film becomes too cutesy and forced to be moving."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"A lyrical attempt to make sense of grief that appeals shamelessly to the heart rather than the head."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"This bouquet of nicely observed private moments packs an unexpectedly profound emotional punch."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"It's a gentle lesson in facing life's hardships with acceptance rather than grief."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A most beautiful film."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's a quiet, very beautiful film about the duality of love and death."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Ozu's handling of the frosty schism between awkward parents and their ghastly offspring resulted in a heartbreaking piece of cinema."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"An affectionate, gentle film, if marred by sentimentality."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
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