Goodbye Lenin! details
|Starring:||Katrin Sass, Maria Simon, Daniel Bruhl, Chulpan Khamatova|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Germany vs Australia|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Sep 2007|
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Eastern delightBy richwatts from Surrey , 16 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]With the fall of the Berlin Wall far enough back in history to be revisited safely, Goodbye, Lenin! charts the fall of Socialism in East Germany and the resulting reunification of east and west.
Following the story of Alex and his mother Christiane, Goodbye, Lenin! is a wonderful evocation of an unknown way of life, neither sentimental or judgemental in its recollection of a time gone by. Although not raucously funny - it is a German film, after all - it does have a comic side that teased award-winning performances out of its stars. The theme of deception as an act of love dictates throughout and as Alex starts to assume the characteristics he despises in the socialist administration - media manipulation, coercion and blind faith - the story assumes a poignancy that preserves the viewer's affection for all involved.
For those familiar with Fellini's La Dolce Vite, the airlifting of the statue of Lenin is a delicious recreation of the Italian's famous opening: here, in the absence of an exponent of socialism, capitalism starts to take a hold.
Director Wolfgang Becker commented: "I would never have dreamt this film would touch a nerve the way it has. You don't have to know about German history to understand it. A son who loves his mother - it's a story you find everywhere." The film's success is a sure indication that it is a familiar story, making it one that is well worth consideration for a thoughtful evening's entertainment.
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GOODBYE LENINBy a customer , 29 Jul 2011A BIT SLOW BUT THE STORY WAS GOOD THAT IS IF YOU CAN UNDERSTAND GERMAN AS I CAN WORTH A WATCH OF HOW THE BERLIN WALL FELL AND HOW EAST CAME TOGETHER WITH THE WEST TO FORM THE GERMANY IT IS TODAY AND GET RID OF COMMUNISM AND LENIN
That's Why We Need World CinemaBy cliveguthrie (3 reviews) , 04 Jul 2011Good natured film, with likeable characters. It also creates several 'How does he get out of this?' situations. It proves you don't need samey Hollywood plots to have a feel-good movie. Combines footage and plot to great effect.
Above averageBy a customer from London , 23 Jun 2011Plot based on a witty idea not quite enough to make a great movie but still enjoyable
Not so grim taleBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 15 Jun 2011This is a very warm-hearted fairy-tale told against a fascinating modern back-drop. It is great to see the way in which elements of the life of the former Zonies rushing towards life in the West are contrasted against the anti-dialectical Ostalgie for Erich Honecker, Spreewald Pickles and communist coffee.
Great stuff - though a little stretching credulity at the end, it gives a nice fairy-tale ending deserving fully of this beautifully observed and well thought out film.
Goodbye LeninBy a customer from Hereford , 15 Feb 2011Did so want to enjoy this as had it recommended to me. However, dreary beyond belief. While the fall of the Berlin Wall was of historical interest there was not enough focus on it. In fact, not enough concentration on any part of the story to be sustainable.