Cherry Blossoms (2009) Nothing moves quickly in German writer-director Doris Dörrie's plaintive drama Cherry Bolssoms . The camera lingers on sunlit trees and scuttling flies. The plot plods.… 2009-01-16 Unrated PT124M Drama Romance Hannelore Elsner Elmar Wepper Maximilian Bruckner Birgit Minichmayr Strand Releasing
Movie Review

Cherry Blossoms (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Cherry Blossoms | Slow Bloom: This slow-moving drama will reward those who are willing to forgive its pace
Slow Bloom: This slow-moving drama will reward those who are willing to forgive its pace
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Jan 16, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 124 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Hannelore Elsner and Elmar Wepper; Distributor: Strand Releasing

Nothing moves quickly in German writer-director Doris Dörrie's plaintive drama Cherry Bolssoms. The camera lingers on sunlit trees and scuttling flies. The plot plods. And Rudi (Elmar Wepper), a terminally ill widower living out his late wife's unrealized dream of traveling to Japan, shuffles around the streets of Tokyo in a heavyhearted stupor. But there's a grace to it all, and moments of oddball poetry — like Rudi learning the art of Japanese shadow dancing from a street performer — will reward patient viewers. B

Originally posted Jan 22, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints