Adam Markovitz
January 23, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cherry Blossoms

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
124 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/16/09
performer
Hannelore Elsner, Elmar Wepper, Maximilian Bruckner, Birgit Minichmayr
director
Doris Dorrie
distributor
Strand Releasing
author
Doris Dorrie
genre
Romance, Drama

We gave it a B

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

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