Latest Issue

Berliner brief

Goodbye Lenin!

By Anna Funder   August 2003

Goodbye Lenin! is the most successful film in Germany this year, measured by box office receipts and awards, and looks set to be one of the most successful ever. Both west and east Germans have at last done something together-poured into the cinemas to laugh and cry about unification. The film is charming, funny, sad and deeply flawed.

When the wall falls in 1989, Alex is 19, his sister Ariane is 16. They live in East Berlin with their mother Christiane, a schoolteacher. Christiane’s husband has escaped to the west some years earlier. Abandoned, she gives all her passion to…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect