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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very very decent filmBy stuaet (114 reviews) from Stockport , 25 Oct 2009love films like this one. even though its a german movie and you have to watch in subtitles it did'nt make one bit of difference. i loved the story the acting and the whole thing about the movie and thought this is one of the best film's ive seen for a while and would highly recommend
A bit on the long sideBy a customer from Tipton , 24 Aug 2009Although the story was good there were times when I found myself wondering how much longer they could drag it out for. The sets were good and scenes involving police and security forces were a reminder for those who lived through such times of what the wall separated us from. The point of thee story is in the mother's secret and is a real touch of humanity and raises the issue of how east and west unification must have had consequences on personal life of individuals. Liked it but wouldn't buy it!
quirkyBy barneychops (4 reviews) from Great Rollright , 23 Aug 2009the end of the communist east germany - a fun quirky inisght into life before and after the Berlin wall
Touches all the right chords!By a customer from London , 18 Aug 2009Took me ages to get hold of this but it was well worth the wait!
A really moving story of a son's sense of filial piety towards his critically ill mother, told in an engagingly light-hearted and non-soppy manner. Absolutely brilliant!
A gem of a filmBy Quickdraw (28 reviews) from London , 09 Aug 2009This film was recommended to me and I wasn't disappointed. It is a beautiful story of the love,ups and downs of a family while their world changes beyond recognition around them.