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 doctor and his wife, Trudi, know how serious his condition has truly become. As Trudi wrestles with whether or not to break the news to her ailing husband, the doctor recommends to her that the couple perhaps do something that they have been planning for years but could never find the time to fit into their busy schedules. Later, after convincing Rudi to travel with her to Berlin and visit their family for the first time in years, the couple is heartbroken to realize that their children have no time for them. When Trudi suddenly passes away and Rudi realizes that he never knew his wife as well as he wanted to or expressed his affection in a way that truly reverberated, the widower is devastated to discover just what sacrifices Trudi had made to be with him. In the aftermath of that discovery, Rudi dedicates his remaining days to realizing Trudi's unfulfilled dreams and traveling to Tokyo to celebrate her life during the breathtaking cherry blossom festival -- a colorful festival staged to celebrate beauty, impermanence, and new beginnings.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama,Romance
- Run Time: 124min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 01/16/2009
- DVD Release Date: 06/16/2009
- Distributor(s): Strand
- Themes: Fathers and Sons,Journey of Self-Discovery,Death of a Partner,Facing Death
- Tone: Gentle,Poignant,Tearjerking
festival, husband-and-wife, terminal-illness, widow/widower
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (01-16-2009)
- Language: English,German,Japanese