August 03, 2003
I finally got round to see "Goodbye Lenin":http://www.79qmddr.de/ - a film from the Director Wolfgang Becker. When I saw the trailer to this film earlier, I !(left)http://nontroppo.org/blog/images/lenin.jpg (Goodbye Lenin) 115x115! envisaged a limp German slapstick comedy, and one that was not very well made (no jokes about German humour here...). But, luckily the film itself far excelled the weak and poor trailer. The premise of the film is simple - take a strongly socialist mother of a single parent family in the former East Germany, who has a stroke and enters a coma for the 8 months that encompass the fall of the Berlin wall and the headlong rush that Germany took towards reunification. She awakes to a radically changed situation, and the doctor warns her children that any shock may cause another attack.
Her son (Alex) takes it as his crusade to stop the knowledge of the fall of the wall from his mother, and this attempt to 'recreate' the lost East Germany becomes the main structure of the film - actually the story as such is not what makes the film. It is the fascinating portrayal of this huge and rapid seismic shift of cultures from East to West. The film is brilliant because it weaves a convincing and touching personal narrative out of these massive social upheavals. It also manages to be **very** funny while always retaining an intelligent humanity to the story, not sacrificing the deeper meaning with cheap laughs.
What I really love about it though, is the way the metaphor of 'weightlessness' and the insignificance of individuals in the universe is maintained through the story. This is based on the obsession of Alex with space travel when he was a child, and the way individuals feel helpless in the face of such monumental changes is well reflected in this theme of man 'in the universe'. Sounds trite, but it is handled really well.
An Excellent film, but maybe read up a bit on the subject of the fall of the Berlin wall and subsequent reunification process to understand the context the film is situated in. We went with our friend Liane and her father who are German and we had a wonderful discussion with them both on the process from a (West) German's perspective after the film.
Posted by Ian at August 03, 2003 07:50 PM
I saw the film back in May and loved it. I am looking forward to when it comes out in the US. It gave a real in depth look into how the Berlin Wall affected the people. This film is one of the most stunning films I have ever seen in my entire life.
I saw the film back in May and loved it. I am looking forward to when it comes out in the US. It gave a real in depth look into how the Berlin Wall affected the people. This film is one of the most stunning films I have ever seen in my entire life. I have told so many people about it. Many of my friends and family cannot wait to see what I have been praising.
I like the way it portrays the relationship between the mother and son. The son tries all his best to recreate the world that his mom wants in the first place, hoping that his mom would be at ease under his lies, but it turns out that his mom keeps the secret herself (that she knows abt the unification)in order to make her son happy. A touching scene ... the eye contact between the mother and son when they are watching news together(that her mom knows that it is another lie).
This film is totally minted up! It's my all time favourite and i do not really like films that much so well done Wolfy.
My life was a total mes before i watched this film. I really have changed my perspective on EVERYTHING, i also see blue people!
i want to see it too... please!!!
Sometimes you can only sit back and watch the things you would never be able to put into words. When you feel that strange sensation of emptiness after watching a film, after reading a book, after hearing a song, you know it wasn't simply another one. Some things go by, others are destined to stay forever. Call me simplist if you want but for a few moments I just felt what Beauty really is.
P.D.:For those who haven't seen it yet, I recommend you to watch 'Amélie'.
Didn't have the time to see it, but I guess is a good film. The ideea is original.