(by Patricia Thomson, August 9, 2004)

Who would have guessed that a comedy about the fall of East Germany would become a smash success? But “Good Bye, Lenin!” is that and much more. Its box office already dwarfs that of “Run Lola Run,” Germany’s last breakout hit, which was also produced by the X-Filme collective. But more surprisingly,
“Good Bye, Lenin!” has also tapped a deep reservoir of nostalgia towards East Germany, a country and culture that disappeared overnight.

“Good Bye, Lenin!” takes place in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall tumbled down. Twenty-year-old Alex (Daniel Br