한국 사람이 아니다 (talonvaki) wrote,
한국 사람이 아니다
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Good Bye, Lenin!

I spent part of my birthday Tuesday (the same day of the week on which I was actually born) at a movie, of course: one I've been wanting to see for a while: Good Bye, Lenin!

This is a rarity: a funny German film. It's the story of a mother and a son, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The rusting open of the Iron Curtain and the appearance of such Western icons as Coca-Cola and Burger King. And it's the story of the lengths a son will go to protect his mother, just awakened from an eight-month coma, from finding out that these things have happened.

The more ridiculous things get, the more you want to see Alex succeed. His mother was a proud Party member; if she finds out that everything she's been about for twenty years has crumbled away, the shock could bring on another, fatal, heart attack.

At once a charming fable and a fascinating glimpse of what it was like to live in 1989 East Berlin, this is a wonderful film. See it, and you'll understand the complaints of it not getting an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Picture.
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