The Berlin Wall Lives!

The scene is East Berlin in 1989. a diehard communist teacher is on her way to celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the East German state when she catches sight of her son in an antigovernment demonstration. She collapses from a heart attack and falls into a coma. When she regains consciousness eight months later, the communist world has been swept away — but her doctor warns her son that any stress could trigger another heart attack. So he hatches an elaborate plot to convince her that her beloved German Democratic Republic still exists.

In Germany, the fall...

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