4.35 / 5
Palace IFC Theatre
Good bye, Lenin!
* VARS: Vixabs Amazing Rating System
Good bye Lenin!
bye Lenin!" is a German movie with English and Cantonese sub-titles
(where we saw it). The sub-titles are
quite nice and interesting and often funny.
However, it is not a sub-title intensive movie. Its a funny comedy
with a storyline that is based on the life of a middle-aged lady, separated
and mother of two, a dedicated albeit low level Party worker, who lives in East Berlin circa 1989... One
fine evening, just before the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin wall, the lady has a
heart attack and goes into a coma. When she comes out of the coma eight
months later, its a different Germany... the east and west are unified now,
the wall no longer exists, and the capitalist influx into the former east is
in full flow.
circumstances, the doctors inform the lady's son that while they are allowed to
take her home to further her convalescence, she should be spared any or all
sudden shocks! The movie is about the
steps taken by her family to reconstruct her environment as if things were
still as they were when she went into coma...
is funny all through, with interesting scenes that contrast life in the
former east and west. Set in the backdrop of those tumultuous times, it utilises some of the footage we so avidly watched on TV
ourselves when we were back in college.
All in all, nice and watchable
movie. No song and dance
sequences though :(
IFC Palace Cinema, IFC
Mall, Hong Kong
November 16, 2003.