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German Film: Good Bye, Lenin!

From: Lynda
Sent on: Saturday, May 8, 2010 3:42 PM
Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, June 19 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring an hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie) for twelve and a bottle of wine to share. If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No so someone on the waiting list can automatically be assigned your seat. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

Good Bye, Lenin! is a witty, intelligent little film with a great sense of humor that uses political satire to delightfully tweak the absurdities of both communism and capitalist societies. Kathryn, a woman sincerely devoted to East Germany and socialism, suffers a heart attack and goes into a coma. She recovers consciousness and is taken home to heal weeks after the Wall comes down and capitalism suddenly alters the face of her country. Her son Alex goes to ludicrous lengths to protect her from this knowledge by creating the illusion of her beloved past East Germany from the environment of her bedroom. The lengths to which Alex goes to protect his mother is moving, and the effects of this ever growing web of deception on the family is both humorous and tragic.

When I first saw this film, I was surprised because I am generally not impressed with German cinematic attempts at comedy. I laughed all the way through! This little film is a drama, a comedy, a tragedy, a political satire, a historical diary; it is all of these things.

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