Good Bye Lenin!

Synopsis: East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Wolfgang Becker
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 33 wins & 19 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
68
Rotten Tomatoes:
90%
R
Year:
2003
121 min
$4,000,000
Website
9,142 Views


X Distribution

presents

An

X Films Creative Pool

Production

In Co-Production with the

West German Broadcasting Company

Cooperating with

Film Foundation North-Rhein Westfalia

Film Supporting Institute

Filmboard Berlin Brandenburg

BKM:

Our holiday home, Summer 1978

Look here. Here into the camera.

Hands off!

Alex, hold on!

- Dad, help me!

Slowly, cautiously,

almost gently...

the giant colossus...

is placed on the launch site.

Here on the launch site

the result of the great...

community work is demonstrated.

If you want an example to emphasize the famous word:

everyone supplies quality to everyone...

- There he is!

everyone supplies quality to everyone...

- There he is!

... here it can be seen in perfection.

I report:
I am ready for the flight

with spaceship SOJUS 31...

as a member of the international

crew.

On August 26, 1978,

we had reached international standing.

Sigmund Jhn, citizen of the GDR,

was the first German who ever went into space.

However, on this day our

family went really up in smoke.

This is your husband's third stay

in a capitalistic country.

This is your husband's third stay

in a capitalistic country.

He stands in for his boss, professor Klinger.

Do you know of any contacts in the West

your husband might have?. - No.

Mrs Kerner, how would you

describe the state of your marriage?

Has your husband ever talked to you

about escape from the Republic?

Mrs Kerner...

Has he talked to you about that?

Allow me to present the Central Committee

of the communist party...

Get lost! Leave me alone!

While Sigmund Jhn bravely represented the GDR

in the depths of space,

my procreator let a class enemy

in a capitalistic country...

screw his brains out.

He never came back.

screw his brains out.

He never came back.

My mother became so sad,

that she stopped talking.

She just didn't talk anymore.

Not to us, not to others.

Mum, please come back.

It's so boring at Mrs. Schfer's.

Mum, I love you.

The Sandman excellently adapted to the

conditions in space.

But the biggest surprise was that he

became very well acquainted...

...with Mascha.

We even had a cosmic

marriage on board.

We even had a cosmic

marriage on board.

In a few minutes, the sandman

and Mascha will come back to Earth.

I hope it was relayed,

so that you could see it clearly.

Mother came back after 8 weeks.

It was as if she had been transformed.

Surprise!

- My sweeties!

My Alex. My little cosmonaut.

(Caption) Pioneer Park, Spring 1979

- We never talked about father again.

(Caption) Pioneer Park, Spring 1979

- We never talked about father again.

From this moment on, my mother got married

to our socialist Fatherland.

Our home...

is not only

the towns and villages...

As this relation was not a sexual one,

there was a lot of vigour and energy left...

for us kids

and the socialist daily routine.

... is the grass on the sward,

the corn on the field and the birds...

in the air and the animals on the ground...

in the air and the animals on the ground...

My mother became promoter of

the progress of society.

A passionate activist for the

simple needs of the people

and against the small

injustices of life. - Input.

and against the small

injustices of life. - Input.

and against the small

injustices of life. - Input.

Concerning:
Gaudily colourful...

maternity dresses. Full-stop.

And now a report on the solemn honouring...

- This is it!

Blue- and and white-collar workers,

scientists and joint farmers,

Blue- and and white-collar workers,

scientists and joint farmers,

artists and veteran workers

came to Berlin today,

to receive the highest honourings

of our country in the Council of State.

to receive the highest honourings

of our country.

That's you, Mum!

... and recognition of outstanding

merits during the building up...

and development

of the socialist social order.

On the eve of the

national holiday...

the CC of the SUG

traditionally rewards men and women of merit.

After a long, untiring training

it was time. I, Alex Kerner,

was the second German to go to space.

Deeper and further than any man before.

Rocket launched!

I imaged how I would explore the riddles of the cosmos

for the good of humanity,

how I would look down to our planet

and how I would proudly wave to my mother.

how I would look down to our planet

and how I would proudly wave to my mother.

Rocket launched!

Test, one, two...

The GDR had its 40th anniversary.

I had a day off with the

PGH TV workshop "Adolf Hennecke"...

and felt as if I was on the climax of

my male personal magnetism.

and felt as if I was on the climax of

my male personal magnetism.

Left, two, three!

Time smelt of change,

while an oversized rifle association...

had its last performance

in front of our house.

Alex!

What?

Alex, there's a lass out there.

Should I send her away?

Alex, there's a lass out there.

Should I send her away?

Who is she?

- No idea.

But she makes a good impression.

Have you slept in your clothes again?

Where's the visitor?

The visitor's name is Paula...

and it's a date, as agreed. Here you are.

Oh no!

- Oh yes, little brother.

Can't your ex-boyfriend take care of her?

- He's on standby duty today.

We stopped at:
...but a woman

of a certain age...

We stopped at:
...but a woman

of a certain age...

... can't and won't wear the panties,

that are offered.

Fullstop. Even in the GDR, there

are not only young princesses on ice and...

exquisitly slim comrades. Full-stop.

- That's good.

You're not downstairs? It's already started.

- Impossible to overhear!

You're not downstairs? It's already started.

- Impossible to overhear!

Well hurry up then. It could be the last time

with these members.

Where's Paula?

- Yeah, where is she? Sleeping again?

Maybe I'll see your

mother on TV. - In the palace?

Maybe I'll see your

mother on TV. - In the palace?

You'll have to look for her with a magnifying glass.

I don't really know if I'll go there.

All of the party's bigwigs are there.

I don't know anyone. Although... I'd like

to see Gorbatschow at close range this once.

There they are celebrating themselves,

all the old bastards.

Well you don't have to watch.

- Mum, don't you notice what's happening there?

And you, what do you want? Do a bunk?

Nothing will change if

they all go away. Let's go on.

It cannot be possible,

that the stouter...

...workers and farmer's wifes...

are punished by the fashion combinates...

...after the 40th year of the existence

of our Republic!

With socalist salutations...

Hanna Schfer.

In the evening of October 7, 1989

several hundred people united...

for an evening walk,

to promote...

the idea of walking without borders.

Freedom of the press! Freedom of the press!

Cough! Cough hard!

Everything alright?

You alright?

- Thank you!

There're even more Greens.

Alright already!

Form a chain!

No violence! No violence!

You might make it

if you take the subway.

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