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Shown: January 7, 2011 at 6pm

Director : Wolfgang Becker

Country : Germany

Release Date : 2003

Duration : 121 mins

Language : German

Subtitles : Yes

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.

“Deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.”  (Ruthe Stein – San Francisco Chronicle)