Wolfgang Becker provides a magnificent tale of family and politics. Alex Kerner's mom has a heart attack and is in a coma for the fall of her beloved socialist East Germany. Worried that any excitement would kill her, Alex orchestrates a massive deception in order to maintain the face of the old communist status quo. Who says Germans are cold and humorless? This movie is filled with deep characters, political, cultural, and historical insights, and is delightful to watch.