Awarded the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film, Berlin 2003, German Screenplay Award 2003, Premi Internazionali Flaiano for Best Foreign Language Film & Best New Talent Pescara 2003, Special Jury Prize & Youth Award Valladolid 2003, Goya 2003 for Best Foreign Film, Best non-American Film from the Danish Film Critics' Society 2004, and Cesar for Best European Film 2004, 'Good Bye, Lenin!' gives voice to the human struggle in deciding between the past and future. It depicts the coming together of a family separated by a psychological Berlin Wall; the reunification of East and West Germany staged in multiplicity by a son too concerned about the well-being of his bed-ridden mother, an activist for social progress in socialist East Germany; the complexity of life amid the weightlessness of freedom, enticement of westernization, and the burden of abrupt change.
Set against the historic collapse of the Berlin Wall, the movie pleasantly integrates comedy of situation, irony of fate, and the quarreling alliance between reality and the heart's decree, all in the Rip Van Winkle mode, hence picturing a fundamental tale of being. Famed German calibre of production, affecting cinematography, soundtrack, and leading/supporting performances all chip in to the reaching of tender moments of connection between wordless language and feeling, the visual and sensory, love and life. A beautiful movie.