Good Bye Lenin!

I’ve just been to see Good Bye Lenin! at the film society, along with Ben and Anne.

[Image of the Good Bye Lenin! poster artwork]

Owen won’t be pleased to hear that he missed out on a really very good film (frusturiatingly events conspired against him and he wasn’t able to come along) .

I don’t know much about german cinema. The only other german film I remember seeing is Tatoo, which couldn’t be much more of a contrast to this one if it tried.

This one is a comedy, but not overtly so, and it could easily fit into so many other genres. Its full of clever political imagery, interwoven with some really very subtle family emotions. I’m finding it difficult to put this into words — there were so many parts of the film that stood out for me, but I don’t want to give any of it away. The way Alex (Daniel Brühl) gets excited by the silliest things because of his obsession is just fantastically played out, being both touching and very funny, and the way that his mother is played, especially towards the end of the film, is very well done.

I think the best thing I can do is tell you to see it yourself. Your local video shop is bound to have a copy by now.

2 Responses to “Good Bye Lenin!”

1. matt

I started to watch that once, fell asleep.
Maybe I’ll try again next time it works it’s way onto Sky.

2. Alice

ive seen it too- very good i agree. watch Carandiru-its not german just that its really good too