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Good Bye, Lenin!
- Daniel Bruhl

Overview - This culture-shock comedic drama takes a look at life in East Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Alex (Daniel Bruhl) dreams of being an astronaut while his high-strung mother (Katrin Sass) works tirelessly as a teacher and state official.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This culture-shock comedic drama takes a look at life in East Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Alex (Daniel Bruhl) dreams of being an astronaut while his high-strung mother (Katrin Sass) works tirelessly as a teacher and state official. She's so vehemently pro-socialist that when she glimpses her son getting arrested during a political protest, she falls into a heart-attack-induced coma and stays there through the raising of the iron curtain and the influx of West German capitalism. When she suddenly wakes up, Alex decides he has to keep the country's sudden change a secret from her, in order to prevent her weak heart from giving out at the shock. Lots of subterfuge and comedy ensues, and what ultimately emerges is a touching parallel between the outward economic change and Alex's own inability to grow up and let go of his own mother-dominated past for an uncertain future with his cute Russian girlfriend (Chulpan Khamatova). Director Wolfgang Becker cleverly incorporates archival news footage of the space race, riots, soccer matches, the fall of the wall, and the arrival of consumer goods en masse. The score by Yann Tiersen (AMELIE) is effective, and Sass earns high marks as Alex's keenly intelligent, heartbroken mother.

Cast List

Stefan Arndt - Producer
Daniel Bruhl - Actor, WHITE SOUND (2002)
Wolfgang Becker
Alexander Beyer - actor
Bernd Lichtenberg - Screenwriter, GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2004)
Maria Simon - Actor, GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2004)
Yann Tiersen - Composer, AMELIE (2001)
Florian Lukas - Actor, GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2004)
Chulpan Khamatova - German Actor
Katrin Sass - Actor, GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2004)
Martin Kukula - Director of Photography, GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2004)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 118
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396046405
  • Genre: Foreign Video - German
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: August 2004

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > German

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: FEBRUARY 27, 2004 (LIMITED)

Reviews:
"There are a few bright jokes and sharp observations in the sentimental LENIN..." - 02/27/2004 New York Times, p.E8


"[E]ngaging and bittersweet....A wonderful film unto itself about a world unto itself..." - 02/27/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"This is a very funny picture, though it's never burlesqued and is, in fact, occasionally poignant." - 02/27/2004 USA Today, p.8E


"[A] funny and intermittently sharp German satire that musters gentle nostalgia for East German communism while mocking the not-so-distant past." - 03/12/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.92


"It's a wonderfully humane and accessible comedy..." - 03/01/2004 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.102-3


"Wolfgang Becker's award-winning effort is both funny and sweet..." - 04/01/2004 Total Film, p.121

 
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