->"'' Sometimes when I drive through the city or walk down a street, there's a man standing in the corner. He's just standing there, and looks - but when he feels someone looking at him, he thinks himself caught in the act. You can also see them in front of gymnasiums or bus stops - completely normal men who just stand there and look. But what do they think about? What are they looking for? The past, maybe? On September 26, 1998, I once again noticed one of these men. But this time it was different than usually. For that man was me. And as I knew later, this was to be the end of my life as a cowardly slacker incapable of connecting. From this moment on, I was to be released from the curse, [[ComingOfAgeStory and become an adult at last.]]''"
-->'''--Helmut, OpeningNarration'''

[[Film/LearningToLie Learning To Lie]] (''Liegen Lernen'') is a 2003 German movie [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same name]], taking place in the decade before and after [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the]] BerlinWall and narrates the ComingOfAgeStory of Helmut, a young man whose life took a different turn one day, years ago, in high school. [[IThoughtItMeant Nothing to do with]] actual lies ("liegen" means "to lie down, to be lying down" in German) , or TheInventionOfLying.

Similar in tone and message to [[Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer (500) Days of Summer]] in its {{Deconstruction}} of classical romcom love and showing the darker sides of idealising a love interest, it's also reminescent of TheSpanishInn in its description of student life - [[OlderThanTheythink despite preceding them both]][[note]]or at least the book, for TheSpanishInn.[[/note]]

!! This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* AnachronicOrder
* TheBartender
* BookEnds
* CakeEater
* EverybodySmokes
* HowWeGotHere
* [[spoiler:LastGirlWins]]
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LoveHurts
* OnceMoreWithClarity
* OneTrueLove: [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Helmut. [[spoiler:also, Britta.]]
* SmokingHotSex
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart]]