Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms)
Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2009
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a gentle lesson in facing life's hardships with acceptance rather than grief.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

I am in favor of films remaining enigmatic or having an air of mystery about them, but Cherry Blossoms crosses the line into aimlessness.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A uniquely poignant meditation on mortality.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A quiet, moving tale of love and loss.

Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight

Is it all a bit precious and far-fetched? Sure, but so, the filmmaker is saying, is life.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is an ideal blend of character study, deceptively simple plot twists, inspired acting, and travelogue.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

I can appreciate Dörrie's craft, and her sincerity, but the two-hour story of Rudi's evolution, which includes his unlikely friendship with a tiresome white-faced butoh performer (Aya Irizuki), meant nothing to me.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Saskia D.
I thought I already reviewed this one! The acting style was something that I had to get into, but when the true drama sets in halfway, I couldn't stop… More
Byron Brubaker
I saw this one as well at the Cleveland International Film Fest. I didn't like this one quite as much as my wife did, but it was a good solid drama. The… More
Luke Baldock
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… More
Lesley N
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… More
Walter M.
In "Cherry Blossoms," Trudi(Hannelore Elsner), knowing her husband Rudi(Elmar Wepper), a mid-level bureaucrat, is dying, wants to finally travel with… More
Daisy Maduro
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… More