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23 May 2006

Good Bye Lenin! (2003): A film by Wolfgang Becker

May 23, 2006 At SITE Santa Fe

October 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany—and this is precisely what happens to Alex’s mother, an activist for social progress and the improvement of everyday life in socialist East Germany. Alex has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her; and what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved country? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed.

Like the Leipzig paintings on view at SITE, Good Bye Lenin! examines the contemporary German nostalgia for the old life in East Berlin.

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