Good Bye Lenin! by Wolfgang Becker |Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova | 43396046405 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Good Bye Lenin!

Good Bye Lenin!

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Director: Wolfgang Becker

Cast: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova

     
 

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A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest, Alex's (Daniel Brühl) socialist mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass), remains comatose through the fall of the Berlin wall and the

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A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest, Alex's (Daniel Brühl) socialist mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass), remains comatose through the fall of the Berlin wall and the German Democratic Republic. Knowing that the slightest shock could prove fatal upon his mother's awakening, Alex strives to keep the fall of the GDR a secret for as long as possible. Keeping their apartment firmly rooted in the past, Alex's scheme works for a while, but it's not long before his mother is feeling better and ready to get up and around again.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richie Unterberger
On the face of it, Good Bye Lenin!'s premise -- a young adult son just about managing to keep the collapse of the East German regime (and the Berlin Wall) secret from his ailing mother -- is preposterous. In lesser hands, it would be prone to cheap, unfunny laughs and, worse, insensitivity to the subtleties of massive political and cultural change. Remarkably, the film totally avoids those pitfalls to create a moving work that deftly balances not just comedy and drama, but also the political and the personal. Although the scenario strains credibility, it's done with enough finesse to make it easy for viewers to suspend disbelief, much as the dying mother does despite mounting evidence that not all is what it seems. Much of the amusement comes from Daniel Brühl's increasingly desperate attempts to maintain a pre-Wall facade, which finds him stooping to rooting through the garbage for old pickle jars and filming fake news broadcasts in order to keep up appearances. Along the way are pretty witty jabs at both socialism and capitalism, which finds the family, and even some national heroes and school children, scampering for new jobs and side scams in the onrush of free enterprise. Yet some ways into this satire, Good Bye Lenin! becomes something more than a mere farce. It's also an examination of how the Cold War tore apart this family in particular, with long-buried secrets finally coming to light in a manner that mirrors how long-repressed desires for social freedom were finally getting expressed in 1990 East Germany, with similar attendant pains and ambiguity.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
UPC:
0043396046405
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Director's commentary; Cast commentary; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; "Lenin Learns to Fly" visual effects featurette; "Mini-Making Of" featurette; Uncut "Aktuelle Kamera" broadcasts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Brühl Alex
Katrin Sass Christiane Kerner
Chulpan Khamatova Lara
Maria Simon Ariane
Florian Lukas Denis
Alexander Beyer Rainer
Burghart Klaußner Robert Kerner
Michael Gwisdek Principal Dr. Klapprath
Jurgen Holtz Ganske
Jelena Kratz Ariane at age 13
Christine Schorn Frau Schafer
Stefan Walz Sigmund Jahn

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Becker Director,Screenwriter
Peter R. Adam Editor
Stefan Arndt Producer
Simone Baer Casting
Daniele Drobny Production Designer
Sarah Gross Asst. Director
Lothar Holler Set Decoration/Design
Martin Kukula Cinematographer
Bernd Lichtenberg Screenwriter
Aenne Plaumann Costumes/Costume Designer
Wolfgang Schukrafft Sound/Sound Designer
Yann Tiersen Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:35]
2. Space Bound [3:26]
3. 40 Years [3:25]
4. The Protest [4:11]
5. Coma [2:26]
6. The New World [4:58]
7. Nurse Lara [6:00]
8. Awake [5:44]
9. Back Home [5:37]
10. Turning Back Time [7:25]
11. The Apartment [4:31]
12. Old News [4:29]
13. The Birthday Party [7:33]
14. The Money [2:48]
15. Deadline [3:21]
16. Drive Thru [6:06]
17. A Whole New World [3:39]
18. Good Bye, Lenin! [3:40]
19. The Truth [4:47]
20. Road Trip [5:26]
21. Letters [2:39]
22. Refugee [1:42]
23. Taxi Ride [4:24]
24. Brother & Sister [1:58]
25. Visitation [2:59]
26. Sigmund Jahn [1:40]
27. GDR [5:04]
28. Takeoff [6:16]

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Good Bye Lenin! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare German films that is (1) really, really funny, even for non-Germans, and (2) so well subtitled that the humor completely carries over. The first time I saw this film was in a conventional theater with about 300 other people, and I know from the laughs that at best only six of us spoke German. That is not to say that the others weren't laughing; quite to the contrary, the house was roaring. For anyone not personally familiar with East Germany, life behind the Iron Curtain or any other cultural issues related to these topics, this film is handled so well in its conception and execution that a novice can learn an awful lot in two hours. The laughs come genuinely; the relationships are tangibly real and the plot, though necessarily somewhat contrived, plays perfectly off of them. For students of German, the language may be difficult in spots but the elocution is excellent and the subtitles will carry anyone over any difficulties. This film is thoroughly enjoyable on all levels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best movies I have seen...it is genuinely well made and one doesn't even feel like they are reading subtitles...it is sweet, funny, and a movie that makes you glad movies exist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly one of the best German movies ever made it won 6 prestigious European awards and 9 German movie awards it is worth it buying this movie although the beginning was to boring but it explains what happens latter on in the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie, but I felt they could have gone a whole lot further with the idea. The taxi-driver/astronaut was an example of what they could have done to make a truly hilarious film without becoming farcical. The movie is worth a look, but it's nothing great.