Good Bye Lenin!

A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Hailed as the Best European Film at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival, Goodbye Lenin! is set in East Germany around the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The film provides a fleeting glimpse into one of the major events in modern European history, touching many important political and social issues. The historical context of the film is the dominant part of the plot and offers viewers with little or no knowledge of this political era, an insight into how life was and how life changed so dramatically. For those with past experience of the time, it allows a chance to look back nostalgically and remember the good and the bad, of Germany’s history and transformation. This heart-warming film took more money at the German box office in its first month than the Harry Potter films. The cast includes Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon. Most scenes were shot at the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin and around Plattenbauten near Alexanderplatz.

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