Cherry Blossoms (15)

Mar 24, 2010
Cranbrook Film Society

Doris Dörrie, an independent German film-maker, has made a tender, touching film, about the nature of death, grief, regret and hope. In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms are a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.

The first part of the film is a reworking of Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece, Tokyo Story (shown in our 2005/06 season), set in modern Germany and the performances by the two main actors, Elmar Wepper and Hannelore Elsner are powerful and convincing. Trudi Angermeier (Hannelore Elsner) a dutiful wife has long been fascinated by Japan, in particular Mt Fuji and Butoh – a form of Japanese dance – but her husband Rudi (Elmar Wepper) hates change and has always discouraged her from exploring her interests. Their children are grown and too busy with their lives to make time for their parents. One son is living in Tokyo, but Rudi will not agree to visit him there.

The second part of the film moves to Japan as Rudi learns to deal with his grief, regret and guilt, helped by his friendship with a young Butoh dancer, Yu, (Aya Irizuki) he meets in the park. With her, he learns that it is not too late to change.

Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover, Germany in 1955 and has had a successful and independent career as a best-selling novelist, a director of opera (including Così fan tutte at the Berlin State Opera, 2001 and Rigoletto at the Bavarian State Opera in 2005, as well as involvement in numerous films in various roles as producer, director, writer, camera-operator, cinematographer and actress.

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

Doris Dörrie | Germany | 2007 | 127 minutes | 15


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