History Film / GoodbyeLenin

28th Nov '17 10:41:51 PM MasterDeva
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Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, the young East German Alexander Kerner's dedicated Communist mother sees her son in an anti-government demonstration and falls into a coma due to an heart attack. When she awakens eight months later, the doctors tell Alexander that his mother cannot abide a new shock. Alexander therefore orchestrates an elaborate ruse, complete with fake television programs, to keep his bed-ridden mother from finding out that the GDR is gone.

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Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, the young East German Alexander Kerner's dedicated Communist mother sees her son in an anti-government demonstration and falls into a coma due to an a heart attack. When she awakens eight months later, the doctors tell Alexander that his mother cannot abide a new shock. Alexander therefore orchestrates an elaborate ruse, complete with fake television programs, to keep his bed-ridden mother from finding out that the GDR is gone.
21st Oct '17 3:00:13 PM nombretomado
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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.

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* TheFutureIsShocking: A variation occurs (no actual time travel, but EastGermany UsefulNotes/EastGermany was in a sort of stasis) -- after the Berlin Wall falls, the protagonist goes to see WestGermany UsefulNotes/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.
10th Aug '17 6:43:47 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* AlternateHistory: An elaborate alternate history where East Germany ends up dominant over West Germany is created to hide the truth.

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* AlternateHistory: An InUniverse. Alexander, along with his friends and family, sets up an elaborate alternate history where East Germany ends up dominant over West Germany is created to hide the truth.truth from his mother.
9th Apr '17 6:43:33 AM TheLyniezian
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* PoliceBrutality: Early in the film we see a protest (in which Alex is participating and first meets Lara) being brutally suppressed by police, despite the protestors' pleas for "Keine Gewalt!" ("No violence!") which (after seeing her son being arrested) triggers Christiane's heart attack.
7th Mar '17 4:25:22 AM LentilSandEater
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** Actually, the pickle (more correctly, [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreewald_gherkins spreewald gherkin]]) labels were not avaliable in any dumpsters, so he is forced to say that they come from Holland. She liked the Dutch pickles BTW. But, with everything else, the rellabelling is true.
16th Nov '16 9:01:21 AM TheLyniezian
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* ADegreeInUseless: Ariane's[[note]Alex's sister[[/note]] studying of "economic theory" (presumably of a Marxist-Leninist sort) is something she clearly saw as useless in a now-capitalist environment- so she quits whilst she's ahead and gets a job at the very capitalist Burger King.

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* ADegreeInUseless: Ariane's[[note]Alex's Ariane's[[note]]Alex's sister[[/note]] studying of "economic theory" (presumably of a Marxist-Leninist sort) is something she clearly saw as useless in a now-capitalist environment- so she quits whilst she's ahead and gets a job at the very capitalist Burger King.
16th Nov '16 9:00:52 AM TheLyniezian
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* ADegreeInUseless: Ariane's studying of "economic theory" (presumably of a Marxist-Leninist sort) is something she clearly saw as useless in a now-capitalist environment- so she quits whilst she's ahead and gets a job at the very capitalist Burger King.

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* ADegreeInUseless: Ariane's Ariane's[[note]Alex's sister[[/note]] studying of "economic theory" (presumably of a Marxist-Leninist sort) is something she clearly saw as useless in a now-capitalist environment- so she quits whilst she's ahead and gets a job at the very capitalist Burger King.
16th Nov '16 8:55:28 AM TheLyniezian
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* ADegreeInUseless: Ariane's studying of "economic theory" (presumably of a Marxist-Leninist sort) is something she clearly saw as useless in a now-capitalist environment- so she quits whilst she's ahead and gets a job at the very capitalist Burger King.
16th Nov '16 8:47:15 AM TheLyniezian
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* UsefulNotes/{{Dacha}}: The family have one[[note]]referred to by the German word ''Datsche'' and 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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* UsefulNotes/{{Dacha}}: The family have one[[note]]referred to by the German word ''Datsche'' and 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.]]
25th Oct '16 6:34:19 AM Hjortron18
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Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, the young East German Alexander Kerner's dedicated Communist mother sees her son in an anti-government demonstration and falls into a coma. When she awakens eight months later, the doctors tell Alexander that his mother cannot abide a new shock. Alexander therefore orchestrates an elaborate ruse, complete with fake television programs, to keep his bed-ridden mother from finding out that the GDR is gone.

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Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, the young East German Alexander Kerner's dedicated Communist mother sees her son in an anti-government demonstration and falls into a coma.coma due to an heart attack. When she awakens eight months later, the doctors tell Alexander that his mother cannot abide a new shock. Alexander therefore orchestrates an elaborate ruse, complete with fake television programs, to keep his bed-ridden mother from finding out that the GDR is gone.
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