Movies: As If the Wall Never Fell

A son tries to keep his commie mommy happy

In the east Germany of the '70S and '80s, Christiane (Katrin Sass) is a party-line do-gooder: dashing off imploring memos for better working conditions as she glances at her wall icon of Che Guevara. Her East Berlin neighbors may chafe under the drab dictatorship of the proletariat, but she believes. Then she suffers a severe heart attack and falls into a coma, regaining consciousness after eight months. A doctor urges Christiane's grown son Alex (Daniel Bruhl) to shield her from any further shocks. Just one problem: it's 1989, and the Wall has crumbled; communism is kaput. She'll die, literally, if she...

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