Doris Dörrie always prefered to make movies about other countries than Germany, although in Europe it is currently very fashionable to make fun about your own culture, to produce comedies. Her relation with Spain is tight, she speaks fluentliy Spanish. Her husband Helge Weindler died 1996 in Spain during the shooting of ¿Bin ich schön?: “I did not know what to do.” She made a movie to overcome this tragic event:  Augenblick – Moment. The German movie director was definetely inspired by Spain.  But lately she tells a lot of stories about Japan, a culture which she believes is very similar to the German, but also very different in many things: “Our history has things in common, our way to overcome sorrow and to appreciate life not.” 

Fukushima, mon amour

is a movie about two persons that have done something terrible. They are full of guilt situated in Fukushima where a nuclear fallout took place and an earthquake destroy most of the landscape. In this sad surrounding a german and a japanese woman try to come closer, try to help each other by learning about the other culture, the other way to say sorry, about how to feel and to overcome. Doris Dörrie is a great story teller, the movie in black and white shows that German cinema is much more than the many movies that lately became famous about Turkish life in Germany.

Fukushima, mon amour

is a master piece of intercultural competence and understanding. Everyone who wants to understand the German way of thinking and acting should see this movie. But it also shows the deepness that can reach the German movie industry and thinking. This movies goes back to a German tradition of reflection and storytelling that seemed to be lost. Congratulations to Doris Dörrie. You can tell that she is also a story writer. This story of friendship between two women, so different, is perfectly told.