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Good Bye, Lenin! / Au Revoir, Lenin (Bilingual)

Daniel Brühl , Katrin Saß , Wolfgang Becker    DVD
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The movie starts in East Germany before the fall of communism; our hero, Alex (Daniel Bruhl), describes how his mother (Katrin Sass), a true believer in the communist cause, has a heart attack when she sees him being clubbed by police at a protest. She falls into a coma for eight months, during which the Berlin Wall comes down. When she awakens, her fragile health must avoid any shocks, so Alex creates an illusive reality around his bedridden mother to convince her that communism is still alive. Good bye, Lenin! delicately balances wry satire with its rich investment in the lives of Alex, his mother, and other characters around them.


Alors que sa mère émerge d'un profond coma, un jeune Berlinois de l'Est tente de lui éviter un choc en ne révélant pas la chute du mur.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome, German Cinema July 18 2004
An intelligent and compelling comedy (or dramedy), "Good Bye Lenin" presents an interesting portrait of the multiple changes that affected Germany a few years ago. Managing to offer a strong social/political/historical perspective about the evolution of his country, director Wolfgang Becker also delivers a solid character study about a youngster and his relationship with his mother, touching issues such as the generation gap or the power of a lie. The acting is good overall (Daniel Bruhl is very convincing), the directing is clever, the plot is gripping and the soundtrack (by Yann Tiersen) is superbly crafted, which makes for an above average cinematic experience.
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If you're a sucker for the ethereal, transcendent music of Yann Tiersen (Amelie), then you'll be drooling within the first minute of this warm, endearing import that sidesteps a few minor issues to be a sweet look at family, dedication, and Socialism. Daniel Bruhl stars as Alex Kerner, a young man (19ish) who had lived under the Socialist uprising within Germany, pre-Wall falling. The reason: his mother was a hardcore comrade, and right before Socialism dies, she falls into a coma and wakes up after Democracy has set in. The problem: she can't have any huge emotional trauma or she'll croak. So the stage is set for an often-hilarious little farce that guides the movie through plenty of physical comedy, wild setups, but an unfortunately long third act that could have used some trimming. I doth protest too much - Lenin is a sweet film that is much a silly farce as a look at the lengths a son will go to save his mother and an examination of post-dissolution Germany. The movie seems like it's all mapped out in the beginning, but by the nostalgic finale, it has gone in some unexpected places and developed characters that seem insignificant at first (especially an early subplot of Alex having the hots for a nurse, whom he soon dates - a refreshing twist for once). It's the kind of movie, much like Amelie, that will have you walking out of the theater smiling and forgetting its shortcomings. If a third-act subplot of a long-lost father had been excised from the movie, I'd be going nuts about it. As is, I'm still elated from seeing this enjoyable foreign film. GRADE: B+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lenin, Mum's Rescuer! May 31 2004
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye stupid films June 25 2004
Goodbye Lenin! is like a breath of fresh air -- the rare comedic farce that avoids Hollywood's addiction to formula, love story that sidesteps sentimentalism, and political commentary that isn't boring.
The story line is wonderfully simple: a woman lapses into a coma in the former East Germany and when she awakes, the Berlin Wall had come down and the communist state she served has been dissolved. Her family, aiming to save her from additional stress that could send her into another coma, creates a small bubble of the former East for her to live in. Sounds simple, but the best stories are often very simple on the surface ... Goodbye Lenin! proves that point once again.
The DVD package is just average -- a wider selection of languages, and maybe some historical information about the time frame covered by the film that could help explain some references for people unfamiliar with the former East Germany -- would have earned an extra star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We owe it to ourselves June 14 2004
This is probably the best movie to come out of Germany in the last 20 years. I can personally guarantee that it is the best in the last three years. I saw this movie two years ago in German and can only hope the translation does it justice. It is one of the sweetest and funniest stories out there in a real life bitter sweet sort of way. If you have any interest in what has ever gone on in the world, or ever asked a German friend of mine "was it REALLY communist in Eastern Germany?" Look I know what you mean...more what was it like in the DDR but if you want to have an idea please watch this movie...all the good sides and many of the bad sides in an "ostaligia" (ost means east) sort of way. BTW I have recommended this movie to every western german I know.
Take care and please enjoy!
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