* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Was Alex's whole charade done out of love and overzealous concern for his mother, or is he also nostalgic for the past?
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: During [[spoiler:'President' Jähn]]'s address to the nation, the national anthem of East Germany plays in the background, and then swells to a crescendo as the scene shifts [[spoiler:to the Reunification celebrations]].
** And the short, [[TearJerker but touching]], piano piece at the beginning and end of the film.
* TearJerker: Several moments, but the biggest is the ending, [[spoiler: when Alex and the others hold a funeral for his mother and he comments on how he'll remember her and the country she was part of and died with. All while old footage of East Germany streets and his mother and sister at summer camp is shown]].