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Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008)

Drama | 127 minutes
3,80 235 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 127 minuten

Alternative titles: Cherry Blossoms / Cherry Blossoms - Hanami

Country: Germany

Directed by: Doris Dörrie

Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner and Aya Irizuki

IMDb score: 7,6 (6.112)

Releasedate: 5 March 2008


Kirschblüten - Hanami plot

Rudi, Trudi's husband, has advanced cancer. It's up to Trudi to break the bad news to her husband, but she decides to keep it a secret and set up one last joint venture: visiting their children and grandchildren in Berlin. Once there, however, they find that their children are far too busy with their own lives to care about their parents. They decide to leave and visit a hotel on the Baltic Sea. That's where the improbable happens.

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avatar van Movsin


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Life is the sum of all we complain, will complain or should complain...

An extremely strong film, with strong truths and above all gripping and here too the aspect of the painful "no longer experiencing the interest of children" comes into play. Saw it already in some Eastern movies and also in "Medal of Honor" and recently in "Stanno Tutti Bene".

Partly because of this and certainly because of the touching relationship between the two main characters, this film is more than ever a love drama. But then a very nice one.


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Fisico (moderator films)

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Kirschblüten closely resembles the Japanese classic Tôkyô Monogatari (Film, 1953). In that film it is about an entire Japanese family, here in this film the slant is more German with Japanese hues as the film moves to Asia. The plot isn't quite the same. However, the approach and message are the same. In itself it is distressing to see that parents and children are becoming estranged from each other in this rat race in which their own family and especially the career come first. Although we can also emigrate abroad here, the ties with family may be closer because we cross the country in just three hours. Although it is not only the distance that plays a role...

The parents are seen as a burden and no one seems to have or want to set aside time to receive them, welcome them or engage with them. It didn't seem like an impossible parent to me, maybe a little overprotective or a little meddlesome, but what well-intentioned parent isn't?

Kirschblüten is a moving film with a message to remember. But there is more than that. Visually, the film also delivers a lot of beautiful things. The traditional Japanese cherry trees appear most prominently, but that Japanese poetic dance was also breathtaking - the rollmops scene in particular was great - and towards the end the symbolic Fuji is also cleverly woven into the story. Touching ending where the circle is complete and the tribute is fulfilled. Strongly artful ending. Nice!

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avatar van BBarbie


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There are more disconcerting films about old people, who are not welcome and are experienced as a nuisance by their environment. Think of Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Umberto D. (1952) or Tôkyô Monogatari (1953).

The beautiful (and tragic) thing about this film is the sharp contrast between the cold attitude (busy, busy, busy) of the children, who have probably landed in a bed, and the warm affection a lonely old man finds with a destitute street performer in a foreign country.

An extremely charming film with a moving story, beautifully designed with, among other things, beautiful, varied images of the “anthill” Tokyo and top acting (particularly by Elmar Wepper). A gem.

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