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Cherry Blossoms (2008)

Kirschblüten - Hanami (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 6 March 2008 (Germany)
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After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

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Doris Dörrie

Writer:

Doris Dörrie (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elmar Wepper ... Rudi Angermeier
Hannelore Elsner ... Trudi Angermeier
Aya Irizuki Aya Irizuki ... Yu
Maximilian Brückner ... Karl Angermeier
Nadja Uhl ... Franzi
Birgit Minichmayr ... Karolin Angermeier
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Klaus Angermeier
Floriane Daniel ... Emma Angermeier
Celine Tanneberger Celine Tanneberger ... Celine Angermeier
Robert Döhlert Robert Döhlert ... Robert Angermeier
Tadashi Endo Tadashi Endo ... Butoh Dancer
Sarah Camp Sarah Camp ... Butcher
Gerhard Wittmann Gerhard Wittmann ... Doctor #1
Veith von Fürstenberg Veith von Fürstenberg ... Doctor #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Hess Walter Hess ... Pfarrer
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Storyline

When Trudi learns that her husband Rudi is dangerously ill, she suggests visiting their children in Berlin without telling him the truth. As Franzi and Karl don't care much about their parents, Trudi and Rudi go to the Baltic Sea, where Trudi suddenly dies. Rudi is thrown out of gear, even more when he learns that his wife wanted to live a totally different life in Japan... Written by fippi2000

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Japanese

Release Date:

6 March 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Las flores del cerezo See more »

Filming Locations:

Allgäu, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,322, 18 January 2009

Gross USA:

$104,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,861,658
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer. See more »

Quotes

Karolin Angermeier: Your cue, mama.
Klaus Angermeier: Go on, mama.
Karolin Angermeier: Mama, please, 'The Mayfly'. Come one, mama. For us.
Trudi Angermeier: 'Stop! What you're doing is murder!'
Klaus Angermeier: 'Such cruelty is not a must... '
Trudi Angermeier: 'The Mayfly has but one short day... '
Karolin Angermeier: 'One single day of pain, one single day of lust... '
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Rudi Angermeier: 'Oh, let it hover there, until it meets it's end. It's heavens last forever. It's life one day to make amends.' Right, mama?
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Version of Tokyo Story (1953) See more »

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Pique
from Princess and the Tower (recording)
Written and Performed by Steven Mitchell
Copyright 1997 Bodarc Productions
[Played during adult exercise class]
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Shadows
28 March 2009 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

If you would've told me prior to seeing this that I would fall head-over-heels for a film that's about a frustrated Bavarian Butoh dancer, with a tale of homelessness, loneliness, a pink telephone, cabbage rolls…and recycling all in the mix, I'd have laughed out loud.

In fact, I did laugh throughout the course of this wonderful, delicate film (that has the most selfish progeny since "King Lear"). In the opening scene a wife tells a physician, "My husband doesn't really care much for adventure," and, boy, does he have treat—and a trial—in store for him. But so does the audience.

The film's heart is about grief and how we can never really prepare for it. "I'd like my ashes scattered upon the sea," a spouse says to his partner. Fearfully, she says, "Why do you say that now?" And why indeed since we can never plan our end and its circumstances? It takes a young, marginally sane street performer, to tell us exactly what the Great Mystery is all about.

And the use of stunning images from nature, as well as the contorted gestures of Butoh theater…and the equally contorted emotions from a family unaware of who the others are that this film brims over with so many rewards that it can be enjoyed over and over again.

The family dynamics are almost farcical which keep the weight of the subject matter from spilling over into despair. And while the central character's own despair is the subject of the film, it's thrilling to watch him find his way out of it.

Exceptional performances, shimmering cinematography, a truly great film.


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