Good Bye Lenin!
Alex's mother, an ardent Communist in East Germany, suffers a heart attack and collapses into a coma shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. When she recovers, her doctors instruct Alex to protect her against any excitement or shocks in order to avoid the risk of another heart attack. As a result, Alex and his friends conspire to hide from her the sudden changes in Germany. (In German with subtitles.)
"Good Bye Lenin" is one of those rare, innovative films that makes you marvel at how imaginative some people can be. It will very likely end up as one of my top five best scripts of the year. One measure of its success: I typically find subtitled films distracting as I have to switch back and forth between reading the dialog and watching the actors. But this time, I got sucked in and the experience was completely seamless.
My Rating: 8
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