Director: Wolfgang Becker. Cast: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Burghart Klaußner. 121 min. Rated R. Germany. Comedy/Drama.
It's very tough for a comedy, in a foreign language, about a sociopolitical issue, in East Germany ... to still be funny. But miraculously, Goodbye, Lenin! achieves that improbability. The story of an overzealous mother in Communist GDR, who goes into a coma while the Berlin wall fell, and wakes up to a son and daughter hiding her from the truth, has so many poignant moments embedded in reality, you don't have to be German to be affected by this profound satire: The old cling to a dead dream, and the young appease them by playing along with that dream.
PS: Ebert rounds it up well: "How many of us lie to our parents, pretending a world still exists that they believe in but we have long since moved away from? And are those lies based on love or cowardice? Sometimes, despite a doctor's warnings, parents have to take their chances with the truth."
PPS: Sorry, Ali S. If it weren't for some minor story implausibilities, you almost had another MoMagic!