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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

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Jürgen Holtz ...
Herr Ganske
Jochen Stern ...
Herr Mehlert
Stefan Walz ...
Sigmund Jähn
Eberhard Kirchberg ...
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Dr. Mewes
Nico Ledermueller ...
Alex - 11 Jahre (as Nico Ledermüller)
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Storyline

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 Benjamin Stello

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The German Democratic Republic lives on -- in 79 square meters! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 2003 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Good Bye Lenin!  »

Box Office

Budget:

€4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,968 (USA) (27 February 2004)

Gross:

$4,063,859 (USA) (30 July 2004)
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Trivia

Florian Lukas was originally cast as Alex. When director Wolfgang Becker chose Daniel Brühl for that role, he offered Lukas the role of Denis. See more »

Goofs

Alex puts the contents of a pack of Jacobs coffee into GDR packaging, but the logo on the Western coffee package is the one that was launched in the late '90s. See more »

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Alexander Kerner: [voiceover] My mother outlived the GDR by three days. I believe it was a good thing she never learned the truth. She died happy. She wanted us to scatter her ashes to the winds. That's prohibited in Germany, both East and West. But we didn't care.
[launches rocket]
Alexander Kerner: She's up there somewhere now. Maybe looking down at us. Maybe she sees us as tiny specks on the Earth's surface, just like Sigmund Jähn did back then. The country my mother left behind was a country she believed in...
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Crazy Credits

A CPR instructional diagram is included in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

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Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi
by Yann Tiersen
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Funny, Sad, Intelligent ....
15 October 2004 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

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.

-Celluloid Rehab


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