After suffering a heart attack in 1989, a fragile mother wakes from her coma after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and her activist son goes out of his way to keep her from discovering that her beloved East Germany no longer exists.
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Of all the reviews I have read, none seem to note the poignancy of Alex's mother, watching her son watch her for a reaction to the fabricated unification of Germany from the opposite side of history. She had already admitted her love of GDR was a farce--one that ruined her family because she was scared she might lose them, but her son's lie, in the end, has nothing to do with politics--only the irony of love.
One of the rare examples for a German comedy with fine irony and an elaborated storyline - and one of the best German films at the turn of the century. Becker creates a sophisticated scenario that allows him to confront history with alternate history and manages to bring this narration to a logical end.
Two years after "Amélie", this comedy drama had a similar tone, same good mood atmosphere and also had an original way of delivering its story. But it was no romantic comedy. To this day, I can't decide if the movie is tender or sarcastic. It seems to refers to the ortodox "denial" of the end of the soviet bloc, and the necessary acknowledgement of political change. Zizek talks about what something very interesting*