Alexander Beyer, Daniel Bruehl, Michael Gwisdek, Chulpan Khamatova, Burghart Klaussner, Florian Lukas, Katrin Sass, Maria Simon.
February 27th, 2004 (LA/NY).
R for brief language and sexuality.
Sony Pictures Classics.
Nation of Origin:
Blue Angel Award for Best European Film Berlin 2003, 8 German Film Awards 2003, German Screenplay Award 2003, FIPRESCI Award Belgrade 2003, Premi Internazionali Flaiano for Best Foreign Language Film & Best New Talent Pescara 2003, Special Jury Prize & Youth Award Valladolid 2003, 6 European Film Awards 2003.
When his mother, a steadfast Communist, has a heart attack and falls into a coma while watching him being arrested during a protest in Berlin in 1989, a young East German man becomes concerned that when she wakes up, the excitement of the fall of the Berlin Wall may be too much for her. So eight months later, as she is returning home from the hospital, he sets about recreating the era of Communist era East Germany in the area around her apartment, but with everyone being so caught up in their new-found democracy, the illusion of depressing Iron Curtain malaise is difficult to maintain.