Film Review Goodbye Lenin (2003)
The story of what happens to a staunch socialist East German mother and her familywhen the Berlin Wall falls in 1989. Their father had deserted them to the West yearsearlier. The mother has a heart attack and collapses into a coma after seeing her teenageson arrested in the October 1989 protest. She is hospitalized, leaving her two children todeal with the political upheaval and rapid lifestyle change. Her unmarried daughter, withone child, drops out of college taking a job at a new fast food restaurant. She takes her manager as her lover. He moves in with them.Her son, who gets a job in TV satellite installation, finds a lover in his mother’s youngnurse, a Russian émigré. When the mother finally emerges from her coma six monthslater, they are told she must have no excitement due to her heart condition. In order tobring her home, the son does everything possible to keep his mother calm by not tellingher about the regime change. The unbelievable lengths he goes to protect her fromlearning of the change include refurnishing her room with old items they had discarded,putting new food brands in old no longer available product jars and making dummy newsvideos to show her on TV, as well as having her birthday party with old friends who alsopretend nothing has changed. The effects of the change in government are shown. Theplot becomes more complicated at the end when another lie is confessed by the mother and the family dynamics shift abruptly. It is a heartwarming story, showing the impacton the ordinary people of a major governmental change caused by the sudden unificationof Germany.
Director: Wolfgang BeckerWriter: Bernd Lichtenberg and Wolfgang BeckerStudio: X-Filme Creative PoolGermanyStars: Daniel BruhlKatrin SassChulpan KhamatonaRating: R ColorRunning Time:
Rating 61 2 3 4 5 67 8Type: Drama/Comedy