For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
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
The Russian writer Olga Slavnikova has released a bestseller novel "Bessmertnyj" in October 2001, which has a similar plot as the movie. The story in the book is about an elder citizen of Ekatirenburg, who is a paralyzed veteran of WW2. His daughter tries to make his life easier by creating him an alternative world, which is ruled by the Soviet party, which requires recreation of video material about the USSR. Also the man dies by an infarct. Because of the similarities, Slavnikova announced that she will sue the creators of "Good Bye Lenin!" for plagiarism. However a trial has not been done, which was also advised by the Russian media to Slavnikova not to do it. Futhermore the movie filming was already in progress when the book was released, which means, the screenplay was ready before the book was released. See more »
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 »
[handing Alex a video cassette]
It's my best production ever. A pity your Mom will be the only audience...
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A CPR instructional diagram is included in the end credits. See more »
This story has it all : family tragedy, growth (from child to adult and even growth as an adult), dealing with political and social change, and romance. I think the story gives one a good idea of just how much change occurred when the Iron Curtain fell over Eastern Europe and the difficulties and opportunities it brought. The story revolves around Alex, his sister and their mother. Their mother has a heart attack and then goes into a coma. During her coma, communism fell and then she wakes up. Advised by her doctor that she cannot take any form of excitement, Alex goes about creating the illusion that communism is alive and well. This often takes a comical twist on the differences between the communist east and capitalist west. There is also the subtle hint of discrimination by both sides against the other. In the end the story is about family and loved ones and what we are willing to do to make those around us happy. Go out and rent this movie.
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