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Cherry Blossoms

Veteran German director Doris Dörrie pays homage to Ozu's Tokyo Story with this drama about an elderly German couple (Elmar Wepper and Hannelore Elsner) who travel to Berlin to visit a son and daughter after the wife is told her husband has a terminal illness. As in Ozu's drama, their indifferent children make them feel like nuisances, so they decide to travel to the Baltic Sea; after the wife suddenly dies, the husband's grief compels him to visit their youngest son in Tokyo, a place she'd always longed to see. This may lack the understated pathos of Ozu's somber masterpiece, but it's still a moving meditation on aging and loss, and Wepper and Elsner are unforgettable. In English and subtitled German and Japanese.


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