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Running Time:
118 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for brief language and sexuality .

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This brilliantly constructed, touching but unsentimental satire about the final days of East Germany is completely captivating and highly recommended.

Additional Info:
DVD 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



Good Bye Lenin!
Mixing a typical Hollywood melodrama with some heartfelt European humanism, this story of Alex (Daniel Bruhl), an East German boy who is faced with the most bizarre dilemma imaginable. His mother (Katrin Sass), a committed party loyalist and activist, has been in a coma for eight months and slept through the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the following reunification of Germany. Most people are delirious with joy, but doctors tell Alex that the shock of this radical change could prove too much for his mother's fragile state as she comes out of her coma. He sees only one solution until she is stronger, to convince her that nothing has changed. So he begins the arduous task of creating the Cold War world that she lived in before the change. He completely restores the apartment to its former state, so that no sign of the much changed outside world can be seen. If you can suspend your disbelief of the impossibility of the task, you will be charmed by the heartwarming results that the filmmakers have wrought. The film is so earnest and heartfelt that it's easy to simply give in to its premise and overlook plausibility. That Alex would try to find obsolete pickle jar labels, for instance, is believable, though difficult. But that he would or could manage the faking of entire television news broadcasts seems delightful but impossible. And yet these are the scenes that make the film so endearing. They're successful because they represent the extremes to which a son will go out of love for his mother. There's no question that director Wolfgang Becker and his co-writer, Bernd Lichtenberg, have made the film basically for German audiences, but at the same time, by following a typical Hollywood structure, and dealing with universal themes of family and belonging, they have succeeded in making a film that's appealing to audiences of all ages.






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