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Good Bye, Lenin!  / Au Revoir, Lenin (Bilingual)
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on May 31, 2004
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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on 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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on May 26, 2004
Well written and thoroughly entertaining film combining fact, fantasy and full of emotion. The love for a mother and the importance of her Communist dream set the scene during which the characters take a good long hard look at their own lives. Her dreams are not wasted as they soon become a seed of 'if only' and the ending gives hope to what could have been - it will touch reformists and socialists alike with a human face and wonderful story of friends and family. If you dream that a Socialsit Paradise could have existed then this is the film for you! You may even find yourself singing along with the DDR National Anthem at the end! (Which ironically speaks of a united Fatherland - the lyrics were made redundant and only the music permitted when the Cold War heated up in the early 60's)
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on January 6, 2007
This movie has a comical premise, and it is funny to be sure. However it affected me on so many levels. Without blathering on, let me just say: this is one of the BEST movies I have EVER seen. The story, the dialogue, the CHARACTERS! The acting is sublime. It was this movie that caused me to completely ignore what comes out of Hollywood, and look to discovering international and independent movies.

A MUST SEE.
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on January 10, 2014
I really like this film, it's a clever story which takes you a few unexpected places. It's moving and intelligent but also uplifting, you'll feel good after watching it. Non-German speakers need to be ok with subtitles, it's in German! Heh, I laugh just thinking about the film. A really good watch. I won't give away any of the storyline though!
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on November 27, 2014
Great movie. The best movie I have seen on the fall of communism. I was living in Moscow at the time. Contrary to the universal euphoria depicted in the western media, many people, particularly the elderly, were very disoriented as they watched the world they grew up in evaporate almost instantly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
'Good Bye, Lenin' is a fantastic movie. I saw it once on Movie Central on TV and just HAD to buy it. It's funny, hart warming, and even leaves you emotionally stricken at parts. Definitely worth the purchase!
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on April 14, 2014
It was an amazing, heartwarming and thought provoking movie that provided an insight on life after the fall of the wall! It's a must-watch!
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on April 17, 2015
Very good
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