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Cherry Blossoms(Kirschblüten - Hanami)

After finding out that her husband, Rudi, has a fatal illness, Trudi Angermeier arranges a trip to Japan so they can see their son. Of course, their kid doesn't know the real reason they're visiting -- and the catch is, neither does Rudi.
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Village Voice by

The best I can say for Cherry Blossoms is that it's made with love; the worst, that it's been a big hit in Germany. Yearning for Ozu, Dörrie stops off at cute, and parks.
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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

While Ms. Dörrie’s film is exquisitely shot, its themes and metaphors are obvious rather than subtle, and its emotional rhythms -- rueful laughter punctuating the pathos -- would not be out of place in a television drama.
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The New Yorker by David Denby

The movie's conceits are just barely endurable, but the sharpness of Dörrie's eye--for Tokyo's electric night, for Fuji's iconographic landscapes, for cherry blossoms--sustains emotion even when story logic fails.
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Variety by Eddie Cockrell

A successful novelist whose films bear the expansive plotting and telling character detail of the page, Doerrie never seems in any particular hurry to tell her tales, preferring the journey to the destination.
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The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

There's something a little shallow about contrasting ungrateful German kids with their respectful Japanese counterparts and presuming the cultural differences are so cut-and-dried.
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Boston Globe by Ty Burr

It's a strained but heartfelt work of muted sentimentality, obvious in its symbolism but grounded in a sense of life's preciousness and brevity. Depending on your mood and indulgence, you may weep or you may be left out in the cold.

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