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Goodbye, Lenin!
 
 
Directed by Wolfgang Becker, Germany 2003
121 mins. German dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
In October 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl) is living with his mother, Christiane (Kathrin Sass), and sister, Ariane (Maria Simon).  But when the mother, a loyal party member, sees Alex participating in an anti-communist rally, she falls into a coma and misses the revolution.  After she wakes, doctors say any jarring event could make her have a heart attack, meaning the family must go to great lengths to pretend communism still reigns in Berlin.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived."  (Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle)

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