German Movie – Goodbye Lenin!

 Goodbye Lenin! (2003)

This movie is set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The main character, Alex, lives with his mother and sisters in East Germany. Alex takes part in an anti-government protest one day, and his mother watches as he gets arrested. In total shock, his mother has a heart attacked which induces her into a coma. Without giving too much away, after the fall of the Berlin Wall Alex’s mother wakes up, but knowing what has happened to her beloved East Germany would bring on a fatal heart attack. Alex then visits his mother regularly, pretending everything is the same…

The movie, which stars Daniel Bruehl as Alex, won various German film awards as well as being nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. It’s a really good movie because you learn a lot, especially if you don’t know much/ anything about Germany at the end of the 1980s.

Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIjSaHUKD5I

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