Monday 22 March 2004

Good-bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)

cover A boy's socialist mother falls into a coma. She wakes up after the Berlin Wall has fallen and Germany's reunification. However, to avoid exciting his Mom and giving her another heart attack, the son contrives to hide all that has happened and that nothing has changed in East Germany. There's further subplots with a nurse he falls in love with and the father that abandoned him.

I'd call it a poignant comedy that takes another look at socialism. Eventually you learn more about the son as he rewrites history for his mother. No, it's not a spell-binding great film but it's a good story and it's well told. Worth watching. The dialogue is all in German with English sub-titles.

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