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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funny sweetBy a customer from birmingham uk , 17 Apr 2010fall of the wall, the end of comunism and the reunion of Germany. i really liked it as not heavy, quite pleasant
A well put together filmBy klipkat (3 reviews) from Chorley , 20 Mar 2010Although it is clearly on a serious story-line of politics and dealing with illness of a family member there is less humor than some of these reviews made out. I am not trying to make this sound to be a bad thing, just took me by surprise slightly.
It is a beautiful film, with a humor, serious moments, a sad but good plot line, and a perfectly matched soundtrack. It was by Yann Tiersen who also did the Amelie Soundtrack.
not for meBy jerym (38 reviews) from caerphilly uk , 09 Feb 2010I would like to say something nice about this film but found it rather boring,slow, not particularly funny and ultimately a bit silly.
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Germans can be funny.......who knew?By Duzzbob (183 reviews) from Bexleyheath , 18 Jan 2010This is a rather sweet German film (with subtitles) about an East German boy whose mother suffers a heart attack and slips into a coma just before the fall of the Berlin wall. When she finally awakens, in an attempt to protect her from worsening her condition, he attempts to hide all evidence that the country she loved so much has changed so dramatically. Amusing and charming in equal measure and a reminder of a recent part of history that changed so many lives.
goodbye lenin!By bubgirl1984 (62 reviews) from Brighton , 30 Dec 2009Fantastic! I saw this on the dvd rental shelf back when it first came out, but overlooked it. What a mistake. This is a little gem of a foreign film. I was captivated from start to finish. It is a heart warming story of how the love of a family can come together and be tested in adverse circumstances. It has a deep meanig in 2 different ways, the family unity message and the history lesson of how east and west germany had to cope becoming one after the fall of the berlin wall, socialism meets capitalism. I was captivated by the way this was all dealt with, laughter, tension and tears.