Friday, February 23, 2007

Good Bye Lenin!

A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest, Alex's (Daniel Brühl) socialist mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass), remains comatose through the fall of the Berlin wall and the German Democratic Republic. Knowing that the slightest shock could prove fatal upon his mother's awakening, Alex strives to keep the fall of the GDR a secret for as long as possible. Keeping their apartment firmly rooted in the past, Alex's scheme works for a while, but it's not long before his mother is feeling better and ready to get up and around again.

I plan on watching a lot of foreign films with my movie rentals.

Alex also has a hard time finding products that were made before the fall of the GDR. So when he finds old bottles and jars, he cleans them and refills them from current products that came from other countries. The funniest parts was clearly the fake news casts that creates history in the exact opposite way as reality.

Rated: 4/5

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