Good Bye, Lenin! (2004)
One of the very best films of 2004, a generally mediocre year for Hollywood, was a Cold War allegory from Europe, misread by many reviewers as merely a “comedy,” made in Germany but focused on former East Germany, directed by Wolfgang Becker in 2003 and co-written by Becker and Bernd Lichtenberg.... Good Bye, Lenin! tells the story of an East German Hausfrau, Christiana Kerner (Katrin Sass), who suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma, after seeing her son, Alex (Daniel Bruhl) beaten by the East German police during a protest demonstration leading up to the collapse of the East German Communist state, the GDR.
She is incapacitated and comatose for months in the hospital as the world she knew is forever transformed. Meanwhile, there are seismic political changes in Germany after the Berlin Wall is brought down and the mechanism for reunification of the German nation is set in motion.
[…] The film's alleged comedy comes from the son's attempt to maintain his mother's delusion that she is still living in a Communist state.... The theme of the film, then, is delusional happiness and stability. The film is itself delusional. It at first seems to be a pleasant nostalgic comedy, but it ultimately proves to be much more than just that. The story is solidly grounded in melodrama, concerning a family abandoned and adrift.
Taken from: Welsh, James M. "Good Bye, Lenin!" Magill's Cinema Annual 2005: A Survey of the Films of 2004, edited by Hilary White, et al., 24th ed., Gale, 2005, pp. 163-165.