Happy mondays everyone!
It's time to go in with a quirky film starring the always watchable and frequently underrated Daniel Bruhl.
Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)
This is a tragic comedy film, I could use the word 'tradgicomedy' but I won't because I'm not a f**king c*nthouse.
At the heart of this film is a genuinely touching emotional core that persists through the comedy. The entire premise of the film is unusual and yet gives rise to unforced, natural comedic moments as well as an underlying tragedy.
The plot concerns a mother who becomes a strong supporter of East Germany when her husband flees to the West. Through plotting I won't want to ruin here, she falls into a coma and during this time, Germany reunifies. When she wakes up, Daniel Bruhl's character takes the doctor's advice of no undue stress a bit literally, he feels that finding out about the reunification could kill his mother from shock so he tries to hide the reunification from her.
It's quite a unique idea and it's executed wonderfully. The lies start out simple, the flat changes from the more modern, bright furniture to the browns and oranges of East German styling. Even some of the plot devices detailing unobtainable Eastern German foods (gherkins in particular) are easy to understand, despite having no knowledge that there were GDR branded gherkins.
Of course, the lies have to grow and get more complicated and suddenly there are fake news reports and more people complicit in the lie and it gets harder and harder to hide the outside world form the bed the mother stays in. There are several very powerful moment, especially towards the end of the film.
Daniel Bruhl has the perfect mix of boyish care and love which makes you believe the levels he would go to to keep up the deception and yet he has enough acting capability to carry the film also when it gets emotional and serious. The mother, played by Katrin Sass is again wonderful. She's more than convincing as the fragile, recovering mother.
Anyway, long story cut short, Good Bye, Lenin is a charming, tradgicomedy (sh*t!) which manages the perfect balance of funny moments and sadder moments.
Watch it! I'm serious!