2016, 104 min, Germany, Dir: Doris Dörrie

Desperate to move past the heartbreak of her broken engagement, young German Marie (Rosalie Thomass) joins the charity circus troupe Clowns4help and travels to Fukushima, Japan, hoping to bring joy to the elderly survivors of the 2011 nuclear disaster. But Marie finds herself ill-suited to the work and is about to leave until she meets Satomi (Kaori Momoi), the city’s last geisha, who is determined to return to her home in the radioactive exclusion area. Infusing both characters and script with her trademark tragically comedic style, writer-director Dörrie, shooting in black-and-white, brings a refreshingly off-beat perspective to an otherwise heavy subject. In German and Japanese with English subtitles.

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