10/10
Excellent movie!
30 January 2005
Warning: Spoilers
"Good-bye, Lenin!" is the best film I've seen in years. The script is excellent, the cast & performance are superb, and some scenes really shake you up, especially if you personally experienced the fall of the system. Remember that mighty episode when Mother finally manages to make her way into the street and sees the Lenin monument being carried away by a helicopter? Jesus, when the huge Lenin turned his face and pleading hand to her as if seeking help it gave me creeps. What a finding!

I wouldn't say the film is neutral. Not with the first (and only) German cosmonaut toiling as a lowly cab driver, the main character's sister having to leave university to sell burgers, the governmental money-changing swindle, pensioners' tears, and the above Lenin monument scene in the movie. Personally, I find this film sad and thought-provoking. Would strongly recommend it to anyone except hopeless hard core right-wingers.
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