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Jul. 20th, 2006 @ 12:54 am and adding one more point to the snob-o-meter
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There's a new addition to my list of favorite films: Good Bye, Lenin. Yes, it's a foreign art film, and yes, it was nominated for a Golden Globe. Fuck you. It's not like other art films. It's beautiful and poignant and comic and tragic, but also wonderfully accessible. It's the kind of film you could watch with your family, if you covered the little ones' eyes for the parts with tits.

It's about an East Berlin woman, who is an activist and a strong believer in the ideals of socialism, who falls into a coma right at the beginning of the demonstrations at the Wall in 1989, and misses all the events of the next eight months, including the fall of the Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. When she finally wakes, her condition is so fragile that the slightest shock would send her into a heart attack, killing her, and it is up to her son and daughter, now considerably grown up, to fool her into thinking nothing has changed. This isn't isn't your typical Rip Van Winkle story, however--in weaving the web of lies that keeps his mother alive, the young son discovers his own reservations about the reunification of Berlin and the shock of living in a suddenly different world. Darkly funny and deeply thought-provoking--and it has some of the most hilarious product placement shots ever.

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From:homais
Date:July 20th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
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I've been meaning to mention for a while that I've been adoring your journal entries this summer. I finally remembered to say it.

Goodbye, Lenin creeped me out, in a good way. I found myself wondering if someone would ever manage to do such a thing to me.
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From:erf_
Date:July 20th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Hey now. From whom do you think I learned to write long, digressive observations on faraway places? :]

Yeah, Jon, you must have missed the memo. You're not actually in Syria, you're actually in a replica of Damascus in New Mexico, created two ago specifically for the purpose of deluding visitors. Syria was actually annihilated along with Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia in the opening stages of the Third World War while you were asleep on the plane. We were going to tell you, but you were so excited about going that we didn't have the heart. Sorry.
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From:oddtodd
Date:July 20th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
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That reminds me of the movie 40 first dates with adam sandler. *cough*

Anyway, you can always look for a job writing literary or film reviews. I think I need to see this Goodbye, Lenin movie.
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From:oceanruins
Date:July 20th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I saw Goodbye Lenin, it was an excellent film. Unfortunately I didn't understand everything becuase my german sucks. (watched it in class, so no subtitles)
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From:erf_
Date:July 21st, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
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!

Heather is alive!
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From:oceanruins
Date:July 21st, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
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brains?
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From:oddtodd
Date:July 21st, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
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hahahahahha.

Wait, who are you again?
From:bangbang85
Date:July 21st, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Ich lebe für deutschen Films; Gegen die Wand ist auch ein nett Film. Oh! Run Lola Run auch.

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From:erf_
Date:July 21st, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Ich habe nicht gesehen daß Gegen die Wand, aber Run Lola Run ist sehr gut.

Ich auch nicht wirklich spreche Deutsches. Ich sah den Film mit Untertiteln. (Hurra für Babelfische!)
From:bangbang85
Date:July 24th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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du musst ein deutsch Kurse nehmen.

dann, kanst du in detusch mit mir sagen, und die Welt wird freudevoll bekommen.

ich hasse bablefish. er hat schlectes Grammatik.
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From:hatikvah_42
Date:July 22nd, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Kate really likes this movie, I think, and it's on my short-list of things to watch.