Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

“Socialism doesn’t mean live behind a Wall. Socialism means reach the others and live with the others.” – Sigmund Jähn

Number of Times Seen – Twice (18 Dec 2004 and 9 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – In the days immediately following the fall of Communism, the family of a woman who has woken up from a coma must pretend that nothing has changed in order to keep her healthy.

My Take on it – This is a film I recall seeing not long after it came out and didn’t recall too much of things besides the overall premise.

The idea is quite fascinating and they manage to do things in a very interesting way that works because they can show the vast contrasts between the pre and post communist Germany.

The characters are all quite unique and enjoyable to watch and the fact that we can understand that they have pure motives for all that they do helps things along.

The actions and reactions to this whole facade is quite comical yet at the same time it’s a great social commentary on the time that is depicted and how rapidly things changed.

The film uses its narration really well and allows the viewer to stay quite informed as to what is transpiring in the outside world while at the same time showing us the various contortions that these characters must do in order to help keep the changing world a secret in order to preserve the health of his mother.

The pacing is great here and they find a way to keep things so interesting the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that works really well largely due to the vast contrasts between pre and post communist Germany. The characters are interesting and we can see that their motives are quite pure and the actions and reactions to all that they do is definitely comical yet it can also be seen as a social commentary on the way that society changed quite quickly.  The narration helps keep the viewer well informed about all that has transpired on the outside while showing the contortions that are required to keep the information a secret in order to keep his mother in good health. The story moves along at a great pace and manages to stay interesting from start to finish.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The story is loosely based on the last two years of V.I. Lenin’s life, living in a controlled environment similar to what is portrayed in the film. With the justification that over-excitement might cause Lenin health problems, Joseph Stalin had printed for him one-copy edition newspapers, censored of all news about the political struggles of the time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

  1. At the start this is a, this is a sweet somewhat awkward comedy. However as more secrets are revealed and Alex comes of age in a turbulent environment this becomes a touching and rather sad portrayal of a family in crisis.


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