Good-Bye Lenin!

Good-Bye Lenin! - Matthew Lunger 8 December 2006 HUM3321...

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Matthew Lunger 8 December 2006 HUM3321 Family Before All Good-Bye, Lenin! tells the story of Christine Kerner (Maria Simon), a woman who has lost her husband and is completely devoted to her East German Socialist state. When a heart attack leaves her in a coma in the fall off 1989, she does not have any idea of the changes that will be suddenly thrust upon the country. When she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen, Germany is united, and their little part of the world is completely different. In order to protect his mother’s weak heart from the shock of the collapse, her son Alex (Daniel Bruehl) plans to keep her in the dark about all the changes. Alex is completely dedicated to his mother’s well-being, and he goes to outrageous lengths in order to build an East Germany in his mother’s bedroom, from finding old pickle jars so the brands wouldn’t change to creating proxy news programs proclaiming the glory of the Socialist system. In this, Alex shows that the love of family transcends all political boundaries and despite all the history that two people have between them, they will always share the bond that is family. The difference between the people from the East and the people from the West is significant. The two groups, although they are both German, lived completely separately for 40 years and their cultures evolved over that time. There is a wide degree of culture shock on both sides. The Westerns are thought of by the Easterners as dirty, fat idiots that ate their French fries with too much ketchup and the Easterners are thought of by the
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Westerners as rotten communists that worship Lenin and Stalin and would gladly give up everything they own to the government. These stereotypes diminish as the film goes chronologically through time but are still present throughout the story. No character fits into any of the stereotypes that are cast for them, although some may characterize the role of Christine Kerner as hard-line communist and a throwback to the Stalinist regimes this is just not the case as such a stance would make it hard for any person to sympathize with
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