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Goodbye Lenin

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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Contains violence and offenisve language.

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"Satirical, funny and moving"
5 stars"

This is an excellent movie that speaks about Germany before and after the wall. A boy tries to protect his mother from a second heart attack which might kill her, by removing the stress from her life. How does he do this- By keeping her in an enclosed world and controlling the info she has access too. He does this in the same way the old German government had, which he was opposed to – ironic.

As the movie progresses he goes to greater and greater lengths to keep the secret from his mother, prompting funnier solutions and lies. It's both heartwarming and hilarious.

It's an excellent film with a good background into Germany around the fall of the wall, and a must see.

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"Brilliant"
5 stars"
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This film has been a favourite of mine for some time now, the story is simple enough Alex's mother falls into a coma before the fall of the Berlin wall and in the following months her entire world changes while she sleeps.

When she awakens Alex is told that any shock or surprise could end his mother's life so he sets out to change everything from the furniture to the clothes of his family to just how it was before his mother collapsed and even creates his own news programs so that his mother doesn't catch on and end up in a coma or worse.

With the brilliant soundtrack provided by Yann Tiersen of Amelie fame this German language film is one of the best you'll find and is well worth a watch.

Description

The German Democratic Republic lives on -- in 79 square meters!

The year is 1989 and East and West Germany are still divided. Alex (Daniel Brühl) and his sister Ariane (Maria Simon) live in East Germany with their single mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass) who is a staunch Socialist. When Alex\'s mother witnesses his arrest on a protest march, she suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma for eight months, just enough time for the Berlin wall to come tumbling down along with all of East Germany\'s ideals.

Eight months later, Christiane wakes up and things have changed. The doctors warn Alex that any shock could bring on a fatal heart attack. He then realises he must convince his mother that her beloved Communism has not been overthrown but is in fact triumphing over Capitalism. Alex then sets out to recreate every detail of the old East inside the four walls of their tiny council flat... what begins as a little white lie, soon turns into a major deception!
Release date NZ
December 7th, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Director
Language
English
Studio
Genre
  • Drama
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225021464
Product ID
1467324

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