VIFF 2019: Cherry Blossoms & Demons


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      Doris Dörrie had a smash with 1985's comic Men..., and eventually followed it with the minor hit Cherry Blossoms in 2008. This sequel, now with added Demons, pulls together most of the original cast—minus the lead actor, significantly—for the tale of a Bavarian family weirdly intermingled with an odd Japanese clan. Aya Irizuki returns as a beyond-quirky performance artist whose relationship with youngish Karl (Golo Euler) is somehow creepier than the one she had with his late father.

      Throw in some neo-Nazis and pointless red herrings, and you have a two-hour mishmash that doesn't know what the hell it wants to be.