A-Z German film titles

kirschbluten, a level german

not yet available, versions of film available for sale below

french a level, cinema, essay, summary

Resources have been written with the needs of busy teachers in mind. They are available:

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  • to receive on CD with access to the online version also
  • to receive as a VLE version (moodle, firefox etc) with access to the online version also

This incredibly moving film by director Doris Dörie is set partly in Germany and partly in Japan and concerns an elderly couple.  When Trudi learns that her husband is terminally ill she organizes a visit to their busy children in Berlin and from there to the Baltic sea, where she suddenly dies.  

Rudi, on finding out that his wife had always been fascinated by the Japanese Butoh dance style decides to fulfil her bucket list wish by proxy and  visit his son who lives in Japan. Rudi's son is not very welcoming and he spends his time in the park where it is cherry blossom time.

In the park he meets and befriends an eighteen year old girl, Yu,  who has suffered similar circumstances to him;  she helps him find his way around Tokyo and then accompanies him to Mount Fuji, a place his wife had always wanted to visit.   Despite getting more ill by the day Rudi is determined to fulfil the final spiritual connection with his wife which he manages.

The film demonstrates the intolerance within families as after an emotional climax, we see the children complaining about their father's odd behaviour in his final days.

The dialogue of the film is in German, Japanese and English;   Yu and Rudi communicate in English inorder to make themselves understood.


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  • Detailed summary of film with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each scene
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives


  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech


  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay


  • Examplar scenes analysed
  • Scene analysis template


Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.


English and German subtitles

English and German subtitles

                                not available