Good Bye, Lenin!

2006-03-30 12:46

October 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you live in socialist East Germany - and this is just what happens to Alex's mother (Katrin Sass), who also happens to be an activist for social progress.

Alex (Daniel Bruhl) has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later! What could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in Germany?

In a wonderful, touching and comic manner, Alex tries to move mountains and create miracles to restore his mother to health and keep her in the belief that Lenin did win after all.

What the critics are saying:

"Wolfgang Becker's film about one man's attempt to make history stand still is a tragi-comic journey into political upheaval and personal worries."
- Mark Stevens, BBCi Film

"Becker walks the tightrope between pathos and farce with a completely straight face, and he captures the 20th century's most climactic moment in such an offbeat but satisfying way that his little film could well become a classic."
- William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"It is no doubt filled with references and in-jokes we do not quite understand. But the central idea travels well."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A brilliantly funny and poignant little farce about a family struggling to cope with life in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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