Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Genre: Drama Comedy (Germany)
Starring: Daniel Brühl (Joyeux Noël; Ladies In Lavender), Katrin Saß
Directed By: Wolfgang Becker
Overview: A woman comes out of a coma eight month after the Fall of East Berlin. Her son must keep his idealistic yet frail mother from realizing that the country she knew has changed, lest she have a fatal heart attack.
Acting: Good. Foreign films often have a more honest view of the world. The touch of Hollywood drama is lessened, replaced by something more human. There's no great ultra-dramatic scenes, but it's all realistic (in that slightly comic kind of way).
Cinematography: The images of The Wall coming down and the helicopter carrying away the statue of Lenin were impressive. There weren't any special effects in this, but the shooting of it had a very 'homey' style. Decent.
Script: The script was fine. It might have been the plot, but the things they said didn't really keep me glued to the screen. The narrative pieces were very well written, but there weren't too many of those.
Plot: Foreign films have a way of filtering their way through their country, and sifting the best to us, so we get things that are pretty good. Well the plot is very solid, and interesting: Will Mom find out that the Wall fell and socialism is no more? A good ending too.
Mood: The conclusion cinched it, a good wrap up and the narrative explaining the reasons was great too. The theme of great change was everpresent, though it wasn't overdramatic. The focus on Mom's life as the whole country changes around her little room was well done.