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  Good Bye, Lenin! cinematronic
  director

Wolfgang Becker

cast

Daniel Brühl, Kathrin Sass, Maria Simon, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas, Alexander Beyer, Burghart Klaußner, Franziska Troegner, Michael Gwisdek

year

2003

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  Proffering a mixture of cynicism, sweetness, sadness, cunning and humor, the inspired, tragicomic "Good Bye, Lenin!" addresses the tumultuous changes that overwhelmed East Germany in the late '80s. After flashbacks to the "good old days" of Cold War-era East Berlin in the early '70s, the film vaults forward in time to 1989, when the Soviet Union is crumbling. Young Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl) is out in the streets of East Berlin, protesting the Commie regime. His mother Christiane (Kathrin Sass), a party loyalist who raised Alex and his sister since their father escaped to the West years earlier, spots the police arresting Alex. Stricken by a heart attack, Mama sinks into a coma. She only regains consciousness months later, after capitalism has triumphed. Germany is on the verge of reunification. The world Christiane knew is gone. The doctors say that the shock of learning the truth might kill her, so Alex decides to keep the Eastern Bloc alive in their apartment where she's bedridden. Alex's efforts to turn back time are inventive, touching and comical. Director Wolfgang Becker, who co-wrote the script, expresses revulsion at a totalitarian system so intrusive that it adversely influenced family life. If he also skewers the blatant commercialism that replaced socialism, he does so with a light touch that really sells his message.  
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