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Series / The Cherry Queen

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Die Kirschenkönigin (The Cherry Queen) is a 2004 German Mini Series directed by Rainer Kaufmann. It adapts the novel of the same name by Justus Pfaue and stars Johanna Wokalek (Aimée & Jaguar, The Baader Meinhof Complex), August Zirner, Marc Hosemann, Adele Neuhauser, Richy Müller and Jürgen Vogel.

The story is set in Germany in the 1930s. Ruth Goldfish von Roll is the daughter of a German Jewish banker. She decides not to leave the country, preferring not to abandon her cherry orchard near the town of Bleicherode, even as the Nazis take over and Jewish people are being more and more persecuted. She ends up going into clandestinity as World War II breaks out.


The Cherry Queen provides examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Ruth survives the war but not her husband, Albert.
  • Determinator: Ruth is determined to stay on her lands no matter what. Even as dark times are falling on people like her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ruth's mother tragically dies when trying to remove a birdcage from a framework on which scythe blades (used for harvests in the orchard) are hanging. She trips and falls on the ground, and the scythe blades fall on her, pointy end first.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Ruth gets rapidly bored when hiding in the basement of her home during World War II, so she decides to build herself a distillery in said basement, and then consumes her own homemade booze. She also distillates alcohol because she can't stand being inactive after it's become clear she can't harvest her beloved cherry orchard anymore, lest she wants to get caught and deported.
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  • Jewish Mother: Ruth's mother is quite invasive.
  • Matzo Fever: Albert von Roll (Ruth's husband) is not Jewish.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: "Wacky" in the sense "pathetic fat shell of a man". A man Ruth's family knew well reveals himself as a Brown Shirt, and engages in antisemitic slurs directed at Ruth. One night, while he's drunk, Ruth's friends beat him up.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Ruth has to say goodbye to Albert at the train station as he is conscripted for the war.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ruth's non-Jewish friends help protect her clandestinity during the war. Without them, she would have likely died.