Monday, 20 October 2008

Goodbye Lenin - DVD Review


Film / Year of Release / Language: Goodbye Lenin / 2003 /German 

Genre: Comedy / Drama   
Running Time: 121 minutes 
Snapshot: In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma; Alex Kerner (Brilliantly portrayed by Daniel Brühl) a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. He goes to great lengths with the support of his friend Denis (Florian Lukas) to make her believe that the Berlin Wall never came down and East Germany still exists!

Why its on my list:
There are very few films that make you laugh, move you and also make you pause and think. Made by Multiple award winning director Wolfgang Becker, Goodbye Lenin takes you right back to 1990 and the German reunification. It may not seem like long ago but when you watch the film it does feel like a different world. Its a brilliant idea and it also works because of a terrific lead performance by Daniel Brühl (one of Germany's finest young actors) and a great supporting effort by Florian Lukas.  The production values are top class. On the fun side the efforts Alex Kerner and his sister and friend take to create a make-believe world for their mother (Katrin Saß) keep you in splits. In the process Becker subtly asks the question - Is today's capitalism a good replacement for the Cold-War era Communism in East Germany? If you have been in any country (Like India) where there has been a transition from a welfare-state model to a free-market model, you can relate to this film. Goodbye Lenin is easily one of the best films of the 2000s!

Awards and Nominations: 31 Awards and 14 nominations including a Golden Globe nomination 

Useful links: Youtube trailer (Brilliant!)