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2 hr. 7 min.

Plot Summary
Learning that her husband, Rudi (Elmar Wepper), has a terminal illness, Trudi (Hannelore Elsner) hides the knowledge from him and persuades him to visit their son in Japan. During the course of their journey, she dies in her sleep -- before telling Rudi of his impending death. Grief-stricken, he continues on toward Japan, finally finding peace at Mount Fuji.

Cast: Elmar Wepper , Hannelore Elsner , Aya Irizuki , Maximilian Brückner , Nadja Uhl , Birgit Minichmayr , Felix Eitner , Floriane Daniel

Director: Doris Dörrie

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Cherry Blossoms (Hanami) (2008)

Release Date: January 16th, 2009|2 hr. 7 min.

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critic reviews (10)
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  • 75
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Both austere and garish, simultaneously dry and sentimental, tightly repressed and extravagantly expressive, bourgeois and bohemian. It's a seesaw, but Dorrie finds the balance. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Refusing to be rushed, Doris Dörrie blends individual experiences with universal emotions to create a quietly moving study of self-discovery. show more

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