The success of Goodbye, Lenin and the ongoing popular movement raises questions not only of why so many East Germans, after thirteen years of living in a market society, now feel the need to rediscover their socialist past and relive the change of 1989, but also why so many desire to regain something they feel was lost - their collective identity. At first one member witnesses a strange occurrence in which a paving block vibrates on a sidewalk at the same time a nearby worker is using a jack hammer. On the roof of his mother's apartment he throws all of her Eastern money into a Western-facing wind. The police regain control of him and take him away in a truck. The Deutschmark was double the rate of Eastern currency and the corner store no longer carried the traditional Eastern foods such as the pickles his mother had requested. While Christiane is in her coma, Germany drastically changes with the Wall coming down and the imminent official reunification of East and West into one. Cultural trauma theorist, Piotr Sztompka, also addresses abruptness in his theory of social change.
An individuals lifestyle is affected dramatically when there is a change in political system. Afterwards, they go back to his apartment, where Denis shows Alex his family and wedding film business videos. Alex buys a different kind of pickle and pulls jars out of the garbage, disinfects them, and relabels them. Then along came Harry Truman, who saw Communism as just another impediment to American hegemony. We have chosen to focus on the German film Goodbye Lenin! Although… 1955 Words 8 Pages compelling storylines. Always a good Socialist, Christiane devotes her life to the cause as a symbol of anger toward her husband.
A group of young Western men are moving in, perplexing her. Cultural Trauma - Now and Then 6. Alex gets angry and tells him that the money was their money for forty years until the Western money came in. Theoretical Background: Lay Trauma versus Cultural Trauma Theories 3. Alex gets upset and goes to sit by the lake. Overnight, the Eastern economy transformed from a socialist system to a capitalist one, Western consumer goods and ideas came flooding in, and people were able to pass freely into the Western sector of the city and beyond. The natural direction of revolutionary solidarity was to the East but Berlin made the natural focus to the West.
However, just as Alex is deluding his mother, she has been deluding the children all her life about their father and, in the end, is the one deluding Alex that she is still in the dark about his deception. Alex puts her ashes into a rocket and shoots them into the sky, resulting in two fireworks. A loyal communist named Christiane sees her son, Alex , beaten by the police on television, suffers an attack of some sort and lapses into a coma. It is due to hard work only Becker being hailing from West German is successful in portraying the East culture accurately in the movie. He races home on his motorbike and in a voiceover notes that while life around his was accelerating, he could always go to his mothers to live in a slower time and sleep. The new doctor in charge, Dr Mewes Hans-Uwe Bauer tries to stop Alex to no avail.
This was our money for 40 years, damnit. At a marketplace he buys a whole series of old East German newspapers from a weirdly-looking man Mennan Yapo. They are not allowed to take her home because any sort of excitement could lead to another heart attack. Alex points out that his mother is on screen. The man Ernst-Georg Schwill tells the woman that she might still make it if she takes the subway.
The deceiver thus becomes the deceived. Finally Christiane regains consciousness but in a weakened state. So, there must be recognizable symptoms, for example the speed of a social change, which distinguishes undisruptive change from traumatic change. The boy points an astronaut out to his sister. Alex makes up a story about Ganske Jürgen Holtz falling in love with a Western woman, and in consequence having let his communist commitment slip a little bit. On his mother's birthday, Alex goes to retrieve the principal and finds him drunk.
After her husband abandoned her for another woman, she told her children , the German Democratic Republic became her life. He hires someone to act as an East German dispatcher and buyer for a restaurant. Through the use of the symbolic coulour red, Becker communicates the hold the government has on people and the way it effects their social lives. Alex talks to neighbors and friends of his mother about her birthday party, inviting them but also explain that she's unaware of the fall of the Wall. Armonk, New York and London: M. The same somber piano score is played, returning to the sense of loss when Alex is told his father left the East for a woman in the West and nostalgia with which the film commenced. Obviously written by Alex, it is a sign of his final reconciliation with his mother on both familial and philosophical grounds.
Alex's red shirt shows how the new government has influenced him and how with the change from communism to capitalism, he has assumed the roll of the government in his person life to protect his mother from the truth about the shift in government. On the ride home, Alex asks the taxi driver what it was like in space. Lara is enthusiastic about the working phone the apartment has while Alex is happy to find the old East German foods he's been looking for. The little girl is his sister Carla Hanna Schwamborn and she asks where he's from and he tells her he's from another country. Goodbye Lenin is rich in visual representation and humour, and will provide the viewer with an accurate historical impression of how the East German people responded in contradictory ways to the changes engulfing their lives. In one screenshot, it shows a room covered in the symbolic red, with the protagonist Alex, burying his head into his bed.
She asked that her ashes be scattered in the wind, something prohibited in both East and West Germany. Theoretical Background: Lay Trauma versus Cultural Trauma Theories The exploration of trauma has become an interdisciplinary task. Despite their differences with their mother, they love her deeply and would do anything to make her happy. In order to recreate East Berlin and to bring authenticity Becker successfully managed to take his audience 10 years back and spent whole budget allocated for the movie in just 2 weeks. He wanted to show is audience more than the German reunification. This wound is opened every time the movie is re-watched, particularly during a number of traumatic scenes. For once a film that accurately portrays the moods and attitudes of the East Berlin population during the year 1989-1990.