Directed by: Doris Dörrie
Original Title: Kirschblüten (Cherry Blossoms)
After going so long without blogging, I feel like I should write a really long review, but – like 'Yella' (#19) – this is a film that is best viewed knowing as little as possible about the plot.
Essentially, the film is about a retirement-age couple, Rudi (Elmar Wepper) and Trudi (Hannelore Elsner) confronting their mortality, how little they know their (now adult) children and the fact that they may not be together forever. If you like your cinema fast-paced, then this is definitely not for you. If, however, you’re looking for something that is subtle, moving and a little oddball, then you should give it a try.
Much of the film takes place in Japan, emphasising how different it is from small-town Germany and how finding yourself alone for the first time in decades can seem like a foreign country. Personally, the main thing I took away from the film was this: if there is something you desperately want to do, or somewhere you desperately want to go, then don't keep telling yourself (or let others convince you) that you have all the time in the world to do it. One day, that time will run out.