Good Bye, Lenin! / Au Revoir, Lenin (Bilingual)
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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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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.
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.
Take care and please enjoy!
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Great movie. An insightful glimpse into the fact that the collapse of the Berlin Wall wasn't embraced by everyone in East Germany. Very much enjoyed it.Published 10 months ago by Carl Schubert
Great movie. The best movie I have seen on the fall of communism. I was living in Moscow at the time. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Malcolm Mcgrath
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!Published on April 14 2014 by Mr. Mouse
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2014 by M. Dunlop
'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. Read morePublished on March 24 2010 by G. Bickert
This movie has a comical premise, and it is funny to be sure. However it affected me on so many levels. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2007 by Lisa Mitchell