Good Bye, Lenin!, Wolfgang Becker, 2003

Good Bye, Lenin! is a tragicomedy film on history and memory, weaving individual and collective. Alex, protagonist of the movie, is a german boy who elaborates a difficult strategy to keep his mother in good health after an heart attack that caused her a falling into a coma: during this time, Christiane, socialist mother, does not experience 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.

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