OK, this film is probably not for everybody, but I thought it was very good…and you don’t often get to say a German film comedy is good!
Having lived in Berlin when the Wall was up, and having visited East Berlin almost every weekend for several years, the film hit all kinds of subtle touches of humor.
From the godawful coffee, to the “fashions” - this film is a time capsule of East German life that will get a chuckle out of anybody who was ever there during that period.
The story is pretty simple…a boy’s mother, big in the East German Party, goes into a coma exactly the time the Wall comes down. Eight months later she awakens but the family is warned that any shock could give her another heart attack and kill her. Thus begins the elaborate family ruse of re-creating the East German lifestyle in the middle of the westernization of the East so that mother doesn’t realize what has happened while she was in the coma.
It is in German, with subtitles…so, again - I realize this film might not be for everybody, but if you are even slightly interested, it is worth a look!