Timekeeping in the former East Germany

Ruhla in Film

Goodbye Lenin!

This film is a tragicomedy dealing with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of East Germany and its effect on Alex and his staunch socialist mother who has a heart attack on witnessing her son’s arrest on a protest march. The film follows Alex’s attempts to keep the end of communism from his mother after she emerges from an eight month coma. He seeks to recreate the old East Germany within the confines of their small flat. The charade leads to ever more lies to maintain the deception.

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