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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director:

Wolfgang Becker

Writers:

Bernd Lichtenberg, Achim von Borries (collaborator on screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 36 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Alex
Katrin Saß ... Mutter
Chulpan Khamatova ... Lara
Maria Simon ... Ariane
Florian Lukas ... Denis
Alexander Beyer ... Rainer
Burghart Klaußner ... Alex' Vater
Michael Gwisdek ... Klapprath
Christine Schorn Christine Schorn ... Frau Schäfer
Jürgen Holtz Jürgen Holtz ... Herr Ganske
Jochen Stern Jochen Stern ... Herr Mehlert
Stefan Walz Stefan Walz ... Sigmund Jähn
Eberhard Kirchberg Eberhard Kirchberg ... Dr. Wagner
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Dr. Mewes
Nico Ledermueller Nico Ledermueller ... Alex - 11 Jahre (as Nico Ledermüller)
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Storyline

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. Written by Benjamin Stello

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Die DDR lebt weiter -- auf 79 qm! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Russian

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Bye Lenin! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,968, 29 February 2004

Gross USA:

$4,064,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,316,957
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In one of the cut scenes Lara (Chulpan Khamatova) introduces herself as "Lara, like in Dr Dzhivago," a movie which incidentally also depicts "a futile struggle to preserve the past." See more »

Goofs

As Alex is being driven away from his mother in the truck at night, you can see faint blue sky in the background. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[spoiler]
Alexander Kerner: [voiceover] My mother outlived the GDR by three days. I believe it was a good thing she never learned the truth. She died happy. She wanted us to scatter her ashes to the winds. That's prohibited in Germany, both East and West. But we didn't care.
[launches rocket]
Alexander Kerner: She's up there somewhere now. Maybe looking down at us. Maybe she sees us as tiny specks on the Earth's surface, just like Sigmund Jähn did back then. The country my mother left behind was a country she believed in...
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Crazy Credits

A CPR instructional diagram is included in the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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You need experience for this one!
13 August 2004 | by Leadfoot_vtsSee all my reviews

I must say, people who haven't lived in one of the socialist countries can watch this movie, but they will never really understand it. Who hasn't personally experienced the fall of socialism, will never understand the mixed emotions that this film reminds viewers from Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and other ex-socialist countries of Eastern and Central Europe - the euphoria of freedom (but also the hardships our countries had to - and still have to - face) and the nostalgia for some aspects of life back then before 1989... So, I must say, I just loved the movie, but not because it is a particularly good one, but because it evokes such powerful emotions out of me. In the end, the protagonist comments, that he will always associate the memory of his mother with the memory of an era and a country that no longer exists. I exactly know what he means... I was 9 when socialism fell in my home country, so I belong to the last age group that experienced life in the socialist era. I am one of the last ones who remember what was life like then - and I don't regret that at all. In fact, that is a really emotional memory that I have, and I am proud that my country helped to remove the first brick from the Wall... Finally, let me recommend a similar film from Hungary - Moszkva tér (Moscow square)...


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