“Good Bye Lenin,” a 2003 pic about East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, is getting some fresh play — courtesy of the Czech Republic’s Civic Democrat party.
The party is distributing 500,000 DVDs with the movie — as “a bonus,” says Jiri Sneberger, who heads up the campaign – to voters ahead of the country’s June 3-4 elections.
The film’s inclusion is apparently intended to suggest that the ruling Social Democrats should be voted out because they’re too cozy with the Communist Party.
Trouble is, the film is hardly an indictment of Communism. Rather, it’s a sweet, nostalgic look at pre-reunification Germany. Plot centers around a young man’s effort to protect his mother from shock of the change following her recovery from a long coma.
Helmer Wolfgang Becker says the Civic Democrats must have been in a coma while watching the film.
“Only this could explain why they say that ‘Good Bye Lenin!’ could warn against communism. This is not what the film is all about.”
Though still just barely ahead in the polls, the Civic Democrats may find themselves wishing for a rewrite come election day.