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Goodbye Lenin!, a film to rent
Reviews

From: Eva
Category: Films
Date: 10 May 2005

Review

A feel good movie, yet as its title suggests, also an ironic view of what happened shortly after the Berlin wall came down. Like coming of age movies it deals with idealism in the modern world, family relationships and love, filial or other. Itís interesting to see a film thatís set in the first year of the 1990s dealing with the period historically. Many of the laughs concern the priorities and social context of the time, like East Berlin raves. The film deals well with communicating the accelerated rate of change in the city in the immediate year after the wall came down. 1989-90 is an age away for Berlin so ripe for caricature. Ultimately the family story that structures the film is lame, but the ironic vision of the commercial take over of East Berlin make it worthwhile.

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