Good Bye, Lenin!

Foreign • R • Directed by: Wolfgang Becker • 121 minutes

Winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture and 2004 Golden Globe® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this coming-of-age adventure blends the fall of Communism with the salient emotions of a family's love. "Destined to become one of Germany's biggest international hits," (BBC Films), Good Bye, Lenin! is a beautiful introduction to a whole new, free world. In 1989, Christiane Kerner has lost her husband and is completely devoted to the Socialist East German state. A heart attack leaves her in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex hatches a plan to keep her in the dark. It's easy... all he has to do is turn back the handle of time.

Viewer reviews

Little hidden German Gem.
I stumbled across this movie while looking for a foreign comedy. Glad I found this gem of a film. It has both drama and comedy and it doesn't grow stale in either department. I liked it so much, I bought it afterwards. If you're not scared of subtitles and opening up to films that could come from somewhere other than Hollywood, give this one a chance. — UnivTennVol06

Love expressed as preserving another's delusion
If you liked Lars and the Real Girl, this is for you. Even better if you want some geo-politics thrown in as a backdrop. — Mimizhusband

Good Bye Lenin
The title may make you think this is a Movie about Lenin, but it is actually playing in 1989, when Communism changed and the Wall fell, when People freed themselves , about a Woman that has lost her Husband and had a Heart Attack when Politics turned around. As she awakes, her Son tries everything to make his Mother believe that nothing has changed. Awesome Story, good Actors……Thumbs up! — Chemnitzer@22