It is East Germany, 1989, and as Communism totters on the brink of collapse, young Alex (Daniel Brühl) is giddy at the changes around him. His poor mom, Christiane (Kathrin Sass), on the other hand, is a party loyalist who looks on what's happening to her homeland with nothing but horror. When she spots Alex at a demonstration, it's too much for the old girl, and she falls into a coma. She awakens months later, and her doctor warns Alex not to expose her to even the slightest shock. That's an especially tricky prescription, given that while Christiane was comatose when the Berlin Wall finally came tumbling down. But Alex, being a very loving, very clever and very desperate boy, dreams up a way to shield his... More >>>