Good Bye, Lenin!

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(out of 5)

Days before the Wall is taken down, an East Berlin schoolteacher who loves her socialist country with great fervour has a heart attack and goes into a coma, missing all the massive changes that capture the world’s attention. When she awakens months later from her deep sleep, her loving son does his best to make her unaware of the new world she’s living in, fearing the shock would bring on another attack. The first few days of switching product labels and returning her original furniture to her bedroom are easy enough for fooling a bedridden woman, but eventually she starts wanting to watch television and questions her son about the appearance of a Coca-Cola advertisement outside her window. Not just a comedy, this beautifully realized film is sincerely touching, particularly when the son’s attempts to maintain his mother’s blissful ignorance gradually reveal themselves as being motivated by his love for her and his nostalgia for his youth. Excellent acting and a sharp screenplay that refuses to commit to a genre are assets to this illuminating tale that looks intimately at the heart of a world political event.



Directed by

Screenplay by , co-author Wolfgang Becker, collaboration with , ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2003, Berlin 2003

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Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Germany)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film not in the English Language

European Film Awards
Best European Film
Best European Actor (Daniel Bruhl)
Best European Screenwriter
Audience Award-Best European Actor (Daniel Bruhl)
Audience Award-Best European Actress (Katrin Sass)
Audience Award-Best European Director (Wolfgang Becker)

Best European Actress (Katrin Sass)
Best European Director (Wolfgang Becker)

Cesar Award
Best European Union Film

Goya Award
Best European Film



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