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A German film with a sense of humour. Who'd have thought it?,
This review is from: Good Bye Lenin! [DVD]  (DVD)
I beg of you not to be put off by the fact that it is subtitled, because this film is truly exceptional. Despite having more than its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments, it possesses a poignancy that few recent Hollywood dramas have come close to. It is, in effect, the story of how the devoted young Alex keeps communist East Germany alive, for the sake of his fervently socialist mother who was in a coma when the Berlin Wall fell and is therefore unaware that anything is wrong. It's really quite beautiful, despite the undeniable weirdness of the story. The struggles that Alex must go through to recreate the old communist way of life (staging fake news reports and the like) are utterly hilarious, but it never loses sight of the powerful image of a young man running an entire country for the benefit of one old lady.