Film Friday Films: Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms 1 + 3 © Majestic/Mathias Bothor | 2 © Majestic

Fri, 02/15/2019

Goethe-Institut San Francisco

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Director: Doris Dörrie, colour, 127 min., 2008

Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. It is up to her to tell him or not. The doctor suggests that they do something together, perhaps something they were long planning to do. Trudi decides not to tell her husband about his illness and to follow the doctor’s advice. She convinces Rudi to visit their children and grandchildren in Berlin. But once they arrive, they realize that their children are so busy with their own lives that they have no time for them. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated and has no idea what to do next. From his daughter’s girlfriend he learns that Trudi’s love for him had led her to forego the life that she had wanted to live. He begins to see her with new eyes and 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 …