Good Bye, Lenin
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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… More
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"Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"It is a sweethearted comedy about the fall of Communism and the lingering nostalgia for an East Germany that no longer exists."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"combines fairytale elements with actual documentary footage, and the personal with the political, creating a contemporary allegory of the dreams and delusions upon which the lives of East Germans were sustained."
‑ Anton Bitel, Daily Info
"The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders."
‑ Eric Melin, Lawrence.com
"An enjoyable comedy about keeping a big thing secret from someone and an interesting drama about family ties and values and politics."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Charming and eventually poignant."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Watching Becker invent new challenges and new solutions in scene after scene makes Good Bye, Lenin! a joyous show, blurred by tears of sympathy."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Un film qui propose à la fois une réflexion intelligente sur la chute du mur de Berlin, un divertissement amusant et un récit touchant."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"This is an unusual and tender story about the love of a family for each other."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"A funny movie that rises above farce to the level of sophisticated satire."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Serves up an odd but intriguing situation."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Succeeds as a comedy, as a glimpse at a tumultuous time in European history, and as a thoughtful look at the great lengths to which people will go for important relationships."
‑ Angie Ward, Christianity Today
"A political comedy that reaches you right down in your soul, reminding us without any Benigni-ish moral frivolity that life sure is complicated, but it is also beautiful."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Hay varios aspectos en los cuales conectar con esta película, al punto de que casi nadie permanecerá indiferente."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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