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History Film / GoodbyeLenin

1st Apr '16 1:30:40 PM eroock
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* DumpsterDiving: Alex discovers that most of the old product brands have been replaced by imports from the west so he searches dumpsters for jars with the old labels. He cleans the jars and puts the food into them so his mother never knows that they are actually eating pickles from Holland.

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* DumpsterDiving: DumpsterDive: Alex discovers that most of the old product brands have been replaced by imports from the west so he searches dumpsters for jars with the old labels. He cleans the jars and puts the food into them so his mother never knows that they are actually eating pickles from Holland.



* INeverGotAnyLetters: The mother reveals that she has been lying to Alex about his father. He didn't go to West Germany with a woman and he did write letters. Ariane later finds all of the old letters from her father and cries as she reads them.



* MaintainTheLie: what begins as a simple attempt to prevent Christiane from knowing that the Wall fell "takes on a life of its own" and has to be developed into an elaborate ruse, even to the point of making use of Alex's friend and colleague Denis' passion for film-making to create fake news reports (some of which are clearly ridiculous, but imitate the RealLife propaganda) to explain away reality.

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* MaintainTheLie: what What begins as a simple attempt to prevent Christiane from knowing that the Wall fell "takes on a life of its own" and has to be developed into an elaborate ruse, even to the point of making use of Alex's friend and colleague Denis' passion for film-making to create fake news reports (some of which are clearly ridiculous, but imitate the RealLife propaganda) to explain away reality.
23rd Mar '16 2:14:59 PM nielas
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* DumpsterDiving: Alex discovers that most of the old product brands have been replaced by imports from the west so he searches dumpsters for jars with the old labels. He cleans the jars and puts the food into them so his mother never knows that they are actually eating pickles from Holland.
15th Jan '16 9:53:01 AM Anddrix
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* {{Dacha}}: The family have one[[note]]referred to by the German word ''Datsche'' and [[ViewersAreMorons helpfully translated in the US-release English subtitles as "weekend cabin"]] [[/note]], and are shown holidaying there in old home movie footage- later, they take the mother (Christiane) there in the Trabant, where she [[spoiler: tells the real story about the father's defection to the West, and suffers a relapse due to the trauma of remembering the event.]]

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* {{Dacha}}: The family have one[[note]]referred to by the German word ''Datsche'' and [[ViewersAreMorons helpfully translated in the US-release English subtitles as "weekend cabin"]] cabin" [[/note]], and are shown holidaying there in old home movie footage- later, they take the mother (Christiane) there in the Trabant, where she [[spoiler: tells the real story about the father's defection to the West, and suffers a relapse due to the trauma of remembering the event.]]
23rd Nov '15 3:01:33 PM eroock
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* ToppledStatue: A symbolic scene in which an old statue of Lenin is being flown away by a helicopter.
9th Oct '15 11:24:27 PM Specialist290
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* TheFutureIsShocking: A variation occurs (no actual time travel, but EastGermany was in a sort of stasis) -- after the Berlin Wall falls, the protagonist goes to see WestGermany and instantly encounters a TV with porn on.

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* TheFutureIsShocking: A variation occurs (no actual time travel, but EastGermany was in a sort of stasis) -- after the Berlin Wall falls, the protagonist goes to see WestGermany and instantly encounters a TV with porn on. Given how shocking the experience is for him, he reasons that it will be even worse for his mother, leading him to construct his elaborate ruse.
7th Oct '15 4:49:13 AM CorvusAtrox
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* {{Reconstruction}}: Yes, Communism was not a really great thing and most of the GDR former citizens are happy about the change, ''but'', some finds themselves withotu a job and the old organization was providing for everyone, even if very limitedly.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: Yes, Communism was not a really great thing and most of the GDR former citizens are happy about the change, ''but'', some finds find themselves withotu without a job and the old organization was providing for everyone, even if very limitedly.
9th Sep '15 3:10:20 AM TheKaizerreich
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German [[{{Dramedy}} bittersweet comedy]] from 2003, with a lot of subtle humor, playing on the feeling of shell-shock many East Germans felt upon being catapulted into the Capitalist world and the almost overnight disappearance of their country. Many of the visual clues might be easy to miss for people not familiar with the common cliches about the GDR (of which many were in fact TruthInTelevision).

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German [[{{Dramedy}} bittersweet comedy]] from 2003, with a lot of subtle humor, playing on the feeling of shell-shock many East Germans felt upon being catapulted into the Capitalist world and the almost overnight disappearance of their country. Many of the visual clues might be easy to miss for people not familiar with the common cliches about the GDR (of which many were in fact TruthInTelevision).
GDR.
6th Sep '15 9:15:07 PM Dialh
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* UnusualEuphemism: Alex refers to the fall of the Berlin Wall as a "recycling campaign," and the mass emigration of East Germans to the West as people failing to return from "vacations in Hungary," among others.
25th Aug '15 8:21:39 PM bwburke94
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* ForeignLanguageTitle: Instead of ''Auf Wiedersehen, Lenin!''.

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* ForeignLanguageTitle: Instead Uses the English "Goodbye" instead of ''Auf Wiedersehen, Lenin!''.the German "Auf Wiedersehen".
25th Aug '15 9:24:53 AM TheLyniezian
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* TheUnreveal: Just who is that cabbie? [[note]]Very unlikely to be the real Sigmund Jähn, who by then was already working as a freelance consultant for the German Aerospace Centre or DLR. [[/note]]

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* TheUnreveal: Just who is that cabbie? [[note]]Very unlikely to be the real Sigmund Jähn, who by then was already working as a freelance consultant for the German Aerospace Centre or DLR. This could be ArtisticLicense, however, assuming he is "meant" to be Jähn in-story.[[/note]]
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