Cherry Blossoms

Movie information

Released on:
January 16, 2009 (NY)
March 20, 2009 (SF)

Strand Releasing

Status: Released

This film is Also Known As:
"Kirschblüten - Hanami"

Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Bruckner, Nadja Uhl, Birgit Minichmayr, Felix Eitner

Director: Doris Dorrie

Screenwriter: Doris Dorrie

Genre: Drama, Romance
About the film:
One of Germany’s foremost filmmakers, award-winning Doris Dörrie (Men, Naked, Am I Beautiful?), directs this tender, emotionally intense and profoundly moving story of marital love. Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated but vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey - to Tokyo - in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence and new beginnings.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $3,322 (1 theater) | Domestic Total: $104,433
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Liz Miller
November 03, 2008 - 08:47
Subject: Cherry Blossoms - Hanami

I saw Cherry Blossoms at the recent Chicago Filmfestival, and now I hope this limited release isn't too limited.
This film deserves a wide audience, it is beautifully written, filmed and acted! Don't forget to bring some hankies with you, as you will need them - and a mobile for phoning family members you haven't spoken with for a while, afterwards.
It got rave reviews in Germany, and won lots af prestigious awards there, and it deserves all of them!